Experienced birders, enthusiastic birdwatchers or environmental protection organizations gathered together at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) for the 8th XTBG Birding Festival from November 5-8. Through the cameras of the birders, 141 bird species have been recorded at the festival, including two new bird records in Xishuangbanna. Up to now, 288 bird species have been recorded in XTBG.
To educate and sensitize the local people, students, youths and tourists on the issues of conservation of birds, XTBG gas organized bird festival for the 8th time.
Major attractions of the festival were bird watching, presentations by bird experts, bird walks, bird photo contest, and exhibit. Experts from various organizations and Bird Groups and many wildlife enthusiasts, bird watchers, volunteers participated in this exercise.
XTBG also held its first forum on bird ecological photographing and targeted poverty alleviation. The participants reached a common sense on a win-win situation of biodiversity conservation and income earning of local people, which is called Menglun consensus.
During the birding festival, many star animal species like orchid mantis, king cobra, and common water monitor were also recorded by participants.
The festival has injected new vitality into tourism of Xishuangbanna.
Bird watching competition.
A new bird record of Xishuangbanna.
Games attractig tourists and students.
Prof. Chen Jin speaks at the forum.
Participants pose a photo.
A king cobra preying on another snake was observed during the birding festival.
Orchid mantis photoed by participants.
A common water monitor was observed at XTBG.