Picture the snowy white silhouette of a red-crowned crane (“durumi” in Korean) against its grassy wetlands habitat, and you can understand why our employees at Lam Research Korea are passionate about preserving the graceful bird’s winter home. Teaming up with Korea’s National Nature Trust, we’ve helped fund the purchase of nearly 5,000 square meters of land in Dongsong-eup, Cheorwon, for the critically endangered species.
Food for the cranes will be grown on the land by local farmers who will produce rice and corn during the summer for the cranes to eat when they arrive in the winter time. To assist with this sizeable effort, some of our Korea employees and their families volunteered to plant rice this spring and returned in the fall to harvest it. The rice will be mixed with other crops to provide the cranes with food in their newly protected winter home. These volunteer events were held in the rice paddy area of the land, which has long been the cranes’ natural habitat.
Upon returning from these activities, employee volunteers expressed appreciation for the positive impact their work had on the cranes’ habitat as well as on their families. One participant said, “My family and I were proud to hear that the number of cranes visiting this ‘Crane Land’ is actually increasing every year with our efforts.” Another noted being “proud to lead the way in leaving our children a wonderful legacy of nature that we must preserve.” One Lam parent explained, “All of [my children] learned that farming is hard and that the bowl of rice we have at the dinner table every day is precious. At the coming of autumn, it was a meaningful day for my family to have had a chance to harvest the rice that was planted by our hands [in the spring].”
Projects such as this are becoming increasingly important for protecting wildlife by restoring animal habitats while at the same time preventing the over-development of land for city life. Employees at Lam Korea are no strangers to these types of activities and have long demonstrated their passion for doing their part to help. In fact, several years ago, we began planting trees to help restore the Asiatic Black Bear’s natural habitat, a story you can read about in Lam Loves Bears! Meanwhile, take a peek at the photos below to see how much fun our employees had planting and harvesting rice to help feed the cranes.