The 6th Birding Festival of Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) held during November 10-12 attracted numerous enthusiastic birdwatchers, bird or environment protection organizations. Many of them aimed to find the 267 species of birds at XTBG and its neighboring green stone forest. Unexpectedly, 4 new bird species were recorded by birders, which makes the records of birds at XTBG reach 271.
The four species newly recorded at XTBG are greater spotted eagle (Aquila clanga), green shrike-babbler (Pteruthius xanthochlorus), white-tailed flycatcher (Cyornis concretus), and black-faced cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae).
The guided birding and nature excursions helped the participants to find the birds and enjoy watching birds.
The birding festival also featured educational seminars. Three professional birders shared their love of birds and birding stories. Dr. Terry Townshend, a British birder living and working in Beijing, shared his views on “How do migrant birds save the world”. Mr. Zhu Lei shared the stories of the birds of paradise. Mr. Gu Bojian talked about stories of peacocks in Xishuangbanna.
Students from local primary and middle schools listened to the educational seminars. They said that they got a better understanding of birds and will protect birds around their homes.
The birding festival also offered other activities such as an amateur bird photo contest, and exhibit. Participants observe birds and learn knowledge concerning bird conservation here.
The participants were also amazed at the rich biodiversity in Xishuangbanna.
Vendors attract visitors
Greater spotted eagle (Aquila clanga) (By Han Shanjie)
Terry Townshend shares how migrant birds save the world
Zhu Lei shares stories of the birds of paradise
Gu Bojian talks stories of peacocks in Xishuangbanna
Students interested in birds of XTBG.
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Menglun, Mengla, Yunnan 666303, China
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