|Title||The baby storks born in Yesan-gun this year begin flying toward the world|
The baby storks born in Yesan-gun this year begin flying toward the world
- Two baby storks released on May 12 and 14 –
- This year’s third successful natural incubation by a stork that had been released, attesting to the cleanliness of the environment -
Two baby storks that naturally hatched this year left their nest on May 12 and 14 and began flapping their wings for the first time to fly toward the world. This was the third successful natural incubation by a stork this year, and Yesan-gun is gaining recognition as a clean zone.
According to the county’s statement in May 16, the two storks that left the nest were the offspring of Hwanhwangi (born in 2013, female) and Sehwangi (born in 2013, male) released in 2015. The parents had been close since the fall of last year before building a nest on the manmade nest tower in Gwaneum-ri, Gwangsi-myeon in January. The eggs were laid in February, and they naturally hatched in mid-March. The parents took good care of their young, feeding them the food that they had caught from a distance.
The two juvenile birds, assigned the identification numbers A81 and A82, left their nest 63 days and 62 days after hatching, respectively. They were the first ones to leave their nest among the storks born in the wild this year. The county officials confirmed that the two baby storks are actively feeding near Gwaneum-ri.
Their parents were Gukhwangi (born in 2013, female) and Saenghwangi (born in 2007, male), who had been released into the wild in 2015 and 2016, respectively. They built a nest on the manmade nest tower in Simok-ri, Gwangsi-myeon, and laid four eggs in late March. Four baby storks naturally hatched from the eggs in early May.
As such, a total of eleven baby storks naturally hatched in Yesan-gun this year including the two offspring of Hanhwangi and Sehwangi born in mid-March and the five offspring of Manhwangi and Seunghwangi born in late March.
This achievement was made possible thanks to the close cooperative relations developed among Yesan-gun, the Cultural Heritage Administration, Korea National University of Education and LG Evergreen Foundation.
The officials of Yesan-gun anticipate that this outcome will serve as an objective indicator that the natural environment of the county is clean and safe as a habitat for endangered species and that the local ecosystems are worth preserving and protecting.
To ensure the healthy growth and development of the offspring of Gukhwangi and Saenghwangi, Yesan-gun has restricted access to the areas around the step-by-step release site in Simok-ri, Gwangsi-myeon, and plans on providing a stable food supply and having a research team make detailed observations of the juvenile birds.
An official at the Yesan-gun Office said, “In anticipation of the baby birds leaving the next, we have been paying close attention to them by monitoring their every move via CCTVs. The baby storks, which were the first ones to naturally hatch this year, have taken their first step toward adapting to the natural environment, and we will make careful observations, with a keen interest and affection, to see how well they get adjusted. We will make our utmost efforts to ensure that they grow well and fly high in the sky.”
He also added, “With the baby storks at the step-by-step release site in Simok-ri, Gwangsi-myeon hatching from the eggs that were the third ones to be laid in the wild, a total of eleven storks naturally hatched in the wild this year so far. We hope that all the citizens of Korea take an interest so that the storks born in Yesan, which has long been a home to storks, can grow into healthy adults.”