Researchers from the Biodiversity Institute under the State Academy of Sciences have conducted a comprehensive survey of waterbird resources in the winter season of January and February 2023. Covering 63 wetlands, including the Mundok and Kumya migratory bird reserves, as well as international and national sanctuaries, the survey aimed to estimate the number of waterbirds inhabiting major wetlands on the east and west coasts, as well as inland areas of the country.

The survey yielded fascinating results, with over 25,000 waterbirds from approximately 50 different species observed. The white-fronted goose, mallard, spot-billed duck, common goldeneye, common coot, and gull were among the dominant species observed during the survey. Notably, researchers also identified globally-vulnerable species, such as the swan goose, old squaws, common pochards, horned grebes, Manchurian cranes, and white-naped crane.

The Kumya Migratory Bird Reserve, in particular, proved to be a vital habitat for over 210 mute swans, accounting for more than 50% of the regional population. Researchers were pleased to reaffirm the crucial role of the Kumya Migratory Bird Reserve and other wetlands on the east coast of Korea in sustaining the wintering population of mute swans. The results of this survey will help the scientific community in developing further conservation measures to protect these magnificent creatures and the wetland habitats that sustain them.

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