Weather conditions, climate change, environmental pollution and urbanization are known to play a vital role during stork migration. Due to the indirect or direct effects of man on nature, these creatures experience certain dangers when migrating.
The fact that storks are injured during migration or perish for various reasons also affects the population of some animals.
Ümit Yardim, who has been watching birds for 20 years, told the AA correspondent about the stork migration process and their problems.
Also a member of the Istanbul Bird Watching Society, Yavaş said that when he was a civil servant, he received a request for permission to organize activities to show people’s interest in birds, and that he s was interested in this topic after appearing on a show that caught his eye.
“If the wetlands decrease, the storks will not find food”
Stating that the storks began migrating from the southern hemisphere, where they spend the winter, to the northern hemisphere, the aide noted that the migration began in the first weeks of March, reached large numbers in the first week of April and is still going on.
Help said, “When it snows, it covers the ground. Their food is reptiles, small mammals. The snow covers them, the creatures hibernate. Storks migrate when they can’t find food.” mentioned.
Explaining that storks stay close to soft, watery lands, Yavaş continued:
“They catch buffaloes, earthworms, voles, lizards, etc., in soft ground close to wetlands. Most of them live in wetlands. Terkos stork rest station “Storks have food to live in the soft zone around the lake, Durusu and the Ömerli dam. The waters there must be well protected. If the wetlands decrease, the storks will not find food.”
Emphasizing that storks cannot stay in the city’s green spaces, the aide said: “There are amazing strays. Dogs attack, storks have to stay on trees. We see, they are struggling “. he said.
“The bag got into the stork’s beak, got stuck, couldn’t escape”
Ümit Assistance said that climate change and environmental pollution have adverse effects on storks. Recalling that snow fell in March after the storks arrived, Help said the hardy animals able to find food don’t have much difficulty.
Explaining that it is snowing in Anatolia and the stork is rarely seen in the snow, the charity said: “Let’s see how they hold up? There is extraordinary waste in the forests. The bag got into the stork’s beak, got stuck and could “If he can’t save himself, he dies, but not thousands. It’s a rare occurrence, but we’ve started to see it. ” used the phrases.
The aide said that the storks that stayed in the wetlands west of Büyükçekmece during the fall migration were able to realize that Istanbul was concrete and they flew over concrete 94 kilometers to ‘in Gebze during the migration.
Stating that storks cannot fly long distances in windy weather, Kaynak said: “Storks must have landed on balconies, roofs and terraces of Ataşehir site because there was concrete everywhere during the hailstorm. and the storm. Unfortunately, they have difficulties and they are dead. Volunteer vets run after them, trying to save the storks. mentioned.
“Migration will continue as long as the world exists”
Aid said that all migrating animals are very important to the quality of human life and migration will continue as long as the world exists.
Emphasizing that storks must pass through these places no matter how badly the geography is destroyed, Ümit Yardim said: “Plans should be made to improve their quality of life by respecting the geography and green spaces and their lives. Because you can’t catch a mouse in your field, an owl catches a hawk. A stork catches a buffalo’s nose which damages it.” he said.
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