The small island of Yu-do is not more than a little bump in Han River, in the middle of North-and South Korean territory in the DMZ. Trees are growing on its shores, but no humans set foot on its land. The only inhabitance are the birds living in the “forbidden areas” between both countries.
The researching HSF Team visits and surveys the South Korean coast right in front of Yu-do since November 2018. On January 15th 2019 the team went out once more and encountered a large variety of birds, whose numbers are now documented. Later that day the team went on a mission of their own, leaving the research area and moving on to the island of Ganghwado, Incheon. First they visited the Ganghwa Peace Observatory, to use its high location to survey the island’s coast line for any birds living there.
A lot of HSF’s protects resolve about migratory birds and one of the most famous one in Korea is the crane. Of all 20-crane species worldwide, seven can be found on the Korean Peninsula, which makes this area a very unique spot. Still, most encounters with these beautiful creatures are lucky and usually it is not easy to estimate where some can be found. The rice fields and wetland areas at the lower part of Ganghwa are one of the few spots, where an encounter is more likely, and that is why the HSF team chose this area as its last stop. And luckily, somewhere far out in the wetlands, a few Red-Crowned Cranes were spotted.
Until the survey is completed, updates on each trip will be given on our facebook page (klick here).