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Blog | published: 2019-03-25

An annual International Crane Festival for tourists and bird-watchers, ecology students will be organized for the 6th year in the valley of Khurkh of Binder soum, Khentii aimag on 15,June 2019. The festival will be held near by the Bird watching & bird protection center in Khurkh river valley of Khentii province.

Eastern part of Mongolia, Khentii province and Sukhbaatar provinces are the main road of migrating water birds and steppe birds, which always travel between Mongolia and south Asian tropical countries including India. In Mongolia in total of 6 types of crane are staying in summer time near small clear water lakes such as Gun, Galuut, Yahi, Erkhel and near steppe rivers such as Khurkh, Jargalant, Onon, Ulz and Kherlen rivers. The 6 types of cranes are: hooded crane  (Grus monacha), siberian crane or great white crane (Grus leucogeranus), white naped crane (Grus vipio), common crane (Grus grus), demoiselle crane (Anthropoides virgo), manjurian crane or japanese crane  (Grus japonensis). The tourists and bird watchers will see these 6 types of the cranes in Khurkh River Valleys and even some people, who want to see the other  water birds such as ducks, geese, water rails, bustard, cormorant, heron, bittern, grebes, gooseanders swans and so on… If you love birds, it is much better and worth to see and enjoy the crane festival.      
Annual Crane Festival is the main event of Khentii aimag which aims at developing tourism in Khentii aimag, providing information to domestic and foreign tourists, and protecting the mother earth. This year’s festival was co-organized by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, the Citizen’s Representative Meeting of Khentii aimag, Department of Environment and Tourism of Khentii aimag, the Citizen’s Representative Meeting of Binder soum, Governor’s Office of Khentii aimag, Khan Khentii’s State Special Protected Area’s administration, Onon-Baljyn National Park’s administration, Center for wild animal protection, the World Wildlife Fund Mongolia, the Institute of General and Experimental Biology at the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, International Crane Foundation, Mongolian Khan Expedition, Geographic Expedition, Onon river basin administration, the Citizens’ Representative Meetings of Umnudelger, Batshireet, Bayan-Adraga and Dadal soums and Khukh village administration.



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