Diana Solovyeva

Scaly-Sided Merganser, Russia

Unsuccessful survey on Pavlovka-River on 28 April, crew felt down from the boat, boat got under the bridge

One-day old Scaly-sided Merganser marked with web tag. Kievka-River, Primorye, May 2006.

Female Scaly-sided Merganser in hands. Photo by Sergey Vartanayn.

Town/RegionCountryCategoriesDate
PrimoryeRussian FederationBirds, Europe14 Apr 2003

The Scaly-sided Merganser is among the rarest ducks in the world with a declining population estimated at 4,500: it is recognised as globally threatened.  Most of the population breeds in the far east of Russia but there is little data or information on its numbers there. This work aims to estimate the number and current status of globally threatened Scaly-sided Mergansers on the Russian breeding grounds. It hopes to investigate factors affecting breeding population in order to improve conservation efforts and attract public attention to the conservation of the species.

The project will survey this duck’s breeding pairs and broods on 20 rivers in the Primorye, create and site a further 30 artificial nest boxes and consider breeding patterns in existing artificial nests. It will also assess the level of hunting pressure on the Scaly-sided Merganser. This information will lead to recommendations regarding where further artificial nests should be sited.

For more information, email Diana@DS3902.spb.edu

Project Update: March - May 2006

Read about the latest progress of this project in the report below.

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2nd RSG Grant Awarded

A 2nd RSG grant has been awarded for the development of this project.

Booster Grant Awarded

This month Diana received a RSG 'Booster Grant' to develop the project further as 'Research and Conservation of the Scaly-sided Merganser in Russia'.

The Scaly-sided Merganser is the seaduck of concern and it is included in the Red Data Books of IUCN, Russia, China and South Korea. Main target of current long-term project is to estimate the number and current status of globally threatened Scaly-sided Mergansers on the Russian breeding grounds, to investigate factors affecting breeding population in order to improve conservation efforts and attract public attention to the conservation of the species. After our work in

2000-2004 the current estimation of breeding population in main nesting area in Primorye, Russia, indicated positive trend. . In 2000-2004 we initiated and realized the wide regional program of construction and distribution of artificial nests for Scaly-sided Merganser in Far East Russia. We have distributed more then 130 artificial nests. Some of these nests were used by mergansers and successful hatching occurred. Comparative study of the breeding biology and demography in natural and artificial nests is going on. First in the world we ringed adult Scaly-sided Merganser and now we are working with individually marked nesting population. In 2006 we plan wide surveys along the rivers where artificial nests are placed, continuation of the artificial nests programme work, ringing and wide information and education programme in local villages.

Final Report

Read about the activities undertaken and findings of this project in the final report below.

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Continuation Grant Awarded

Congratulations to Diana for being awarded a Continuation Grant, to read about this project http://www.ruffordsmallgrants.org/rsg/projects/diana_solovyeva


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