Across China: Conservation of breeding habitat for migratory birds-Xinhua

Across China: Conservation of breeding habitat for migratory birds

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2022-06-30 17:09:45

SHIJIAZHUANG, June 30 (Xinhua) -- On hot summer days, flocks of birds either paddle on the tranquil waters or perch among the lush reeds at Nandagang wetland in Cangzhou City, north China's Hebei Province.

As an important coastal wetland in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, Nandagang wetland is a major stopping place and energy supply spot for migratory birds in Northeast Asia.

Every year, more than 300 species of birds, with a number of about 100,000, pass through the wetland. The period from May to July is the peak season for bird breeding there.

However, due to the severe shortage of rainfall and high temperatures this year, there are many challenges for bird reproduction in the wetland.

In order to create a viable environment for migratory birds, wetland conservationists have taken a slew of timely measures.

"We have launched a water diversion and storage project and regularly monitored the water amount and quality to meet the needs of birds and plants in the wetland," said Meng Zhaolei, director of the Nandagang wetland and bird nature reserve management office.

"Now the water storage capacity of Nandagang exceeds 13 million cubic meters, which plays an important role in protecting wetland biodiversity and maintaining ecological balance," added Meng.

Being close to a city cluster, the wetland is also a tourist attraction for nearby residents. To better monitor birds' health and carry out bird rescue, Nandagang has organized a special team to carry out patrols around the wetland.

In addition, the wetland has organized activities to enhance the awareness of bird protection among the public.

Pan Hongxi, 56, has worked as a gatekeeper at the wetland for 30 years. After work, he also volunteers to help with bird rescues.

"During the hatching season, many flightless chicks often run out onto roads, where they risk being run over by passing cars or roasted to death on the hot ground. I help relocate the chicks to safe places," said Pan.

In June alone, he had saved more than 20 birds.

Meng Derong, who is in charge of the wildlife rescue center of Cangzhou City, has also been engaged in bird rescue for 22 years.

"I have rescued more than 2,000 sick and injured wild birds. It is my pursuit to provide a warm and comfortable home for them," said Meng.

"Our efforts have borne fruits. Despite the hot weather and lack of precipitation this year, more than 40 kinds of birds have flown to Nandagang wetland for birds breeding, which gives me a tremendous sense of accomplishment," added Meng.