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STONE LAKES NWR:Refuge Hosts Chinese Delegation
California-Nevada Offices , November 22, 2011
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Chinese delegation visiting Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge about urban wildlife and crane program.
Chinese delegation visiting Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge about urban wildlife and crane program. - Photo Credit: USFWS

By Amy Hopperstad, Stone Lakes NWR

A delegation of Chinese scientists, and administrators who work for their local Environmental Protection Bureau in Qiqihaer (pronounced Cheecheehar), Heilongjiang Province, recently visited the United States and visited the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in California to see how an urban refuge can support wild crane populations. Beatrix Treiterer, Assistant Refuge Manager, gave a tour of the Refuge. One member of the delegation clapped his hands together over his head when he saw the cranes. “This is what we do in China to welcome the cranes,” explained the interpreter. 

The delegation was able to observe and photograph 500 greater sandhill cranes feeding in wetlands within a few hundred feet of a major freeway. In addition they had an opportunity to speak with refuge staff regarding issues such as water quality that can impact crane and other wildlife living adjacent to cities. Their city of 5.6 million people is near the Zhalong Crane Reserve, a wetland complex that supports six of the 15 crane species found worldwide.

The delegation also visited the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta and the Sacramento Regional Wasterwater Treatment Facility with particular interest in technologies that treat wastewater and uses for recycled water. 


Contact Info: Amy Hopperstad, (916) 775-4421, amy_hopperstad@fws.gov



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