Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Taiwan Birdathon

"Yunlin and Chiayi counties, along with Greater Tainan, are to hold a marathon-style bird-watching race for the first time in November to raise environmental awareness and promote ecotourism on the island"

This is interesting, though I have herd of this before in central Taiwan’s Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Area earlier this year. It seems this time they have focused the southern and the coastal birds especially the migrant endangered black-faced spoonbill. 

This is a different idea, However, I have my doubts that this will be a good way of promoting so called ecotourism  and raise environmental awareness. We'll see who's the winner and the count this time as the last event it was around 150 species for this 30 hour challenge. 

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  1. Welcome to the 2013 Taiwan Birdathon
    Please help publicize, thank you so much~

    Calling all birders!! Taiwan Birdathon is coming up...
    Registration for 2013 Taiwan Birdathon is now open!!
    2013 Taiwan Birdathon organized by Taiwan Ecotourism Association Taiwan Ecotourism Association Taiwan Ecotourism Association is held on 19-20, Oct. 2013. Registration for 2013 Taiwan Birdathon is now open!
    Taiwan Birdathon is a 30-hour birdwatching race. In 2012, 22 teams including birders from The US, South Africa, Japan, Germany and Korea as well as Taiwan went on a serious race for birdwatching in Yulin, Chiayi and Tainan. The total species of birds sighted was 264.
    The coastline area of the three counties of Yunlin, Chiayi, and Tainan is flat alluvial shore, and its most commonly seen geographic features are shoals, lagoons, and estuary wetlands. The diversity of ecosystem makes it abundant in wildlife resource especially for birds. It is perfect for an event like international birdwatching race.
    The Director of the Administration of Southwest Coast National Scenic Area, Dr. Cheng says that different types of wetlands along the South West Coast make it a paradise for birds. Black-faced Spoonbill is the international star here. Every year more than 1600 Black-faced Spoonbills take this area as their wintering habitat. More than that, Budai area is the only place where Black-faced Spoonbill can be seen all year since there are some juveniles stay here in the Summer. Besides, there are many other kinds of birds like Plover, Sandpiper, warbler, Egret and Duck here for you to enjoy the fun of birdwatching.
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