As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Taitung bird habitat damaged by heavy machinery: birdwatcher


The Jihben Wetlands in Southeastern Taiwan's Taitung, a major habitat for endangered migratory birds, has been severely damaged by excavation equipment, experienced birdwatcher Peng Ching-chien told CNA on Wednesday.

Migratory birds have deserted the area, while fish and shrimp have died in the wetlands as parts of it were drained by what appeared to be heavy machinery, Peng said, adding that he noticed the destruction during a visit to the wetlands on Feb. 22.

Earthen embankments between the wetlands and the sea have been leveled, causing drainage of some areas, said Peng, who has been engaged in birdwatching as hobby for more than 20 years.

Other birdwatchers also said that they found tracks apparently left by excavators and jeeps across the wetlands, which are recognized by BirdLife International as a vital bird habitat.

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