Nature-Watching with New Discovery - CBCGDF CCAfa Recorded Chinese Egret Breeding Site
2023/6/9 14:08:00 本站

In the tranquil morning hours on June 9th 2023, a group of dedicated volunteers, led by CBCGDF'S CCAfa director Mr.Lian Yu, ventured into the enchanting woodland nestled near the shores of Jinzhou, Liaoning. Little did they know that this day held a remarkable surprise for them—an extraordinary discovery awaited them amidst the verdant foliage. As they meandered through the sun-dappled paths, their senses heightened with anticipation.

Nature's symphony of rustling leaves and melodious birdsong accompanied their journey, harmonizing with the rhythmic sound of waves caressing the nearby coastline. With each step, the volunteers felt an indescribable connection to the natural world, their spirits entwined with the pulse of the environment. Little did they know that this interconnectedness would soon manifest in an awe-inspiring encounter.

As they rounded a bend in the forest, a breathtaking sight unfolded before their astonished eyes—a Chinese egret breeding site, where the elegant Egretta eulophotes had chosen to establish their breeding grounds. Adorned in pristine white plumage, these majestic birds radiated an aura of serenity and grace, their slender bodies juxtaposed against the vibrant hues of the surrounding foliage.

The volunteers stood in silent admiration, their hearts overflowing with joy and wonder. This magnificent find held profound significance, transcending the realms of mere happenstance. It signified the harmonious coexistence of humanity and nature, a testament to the delicate balance we strive to maintain in our ever-changing world.

This is a large breeding site for herons and egrets. According to CBCGDF volunteers' observation, most observed species include Black-crowned Night-heron, Chinese Pond-heron and little egrets. Only four yellow-billed egrets (a Chinese national-level protected species) were observed; there were about 500 or so nests of other herons and egrets. The whole shooting was done covertly, in order not to disturb the birds that were breeding.

The Chinese egret, a cherished avian species and a symbol of resilience, has faced the relentless pressures of habitat degradation and human encroachment. Its dwindling population has sparked concerns and intensified conservation efforts. The discovery of this breeding ground serves as a beacon of hope, illuminating the path towards safeguarding these ethereal creatures and their fragile habitats.

The dedication and tireless efforts of the volunteers have borne fruit, offering a glimmer of optimism for the future. Their unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship and wildlife preservation has not gone unnoticed. By uncovering this hidden sanctuary, they have unveiled a sanctuary of the soul—a reminder that every act of conservation, no matter how small, holds the potential to shape a brighter tomorrow.

May this remarkable encounter inspire a deeper appreciation for the interconnectedness of all living beings and the intrinsic value of our natural world. More Biodiversity Conservation in Our Neighborhood (BCON) discoveries can be made through citizen scientists' consistent efforts. Let us celebrate this discovery as a testament to the wonders that await when we embrace our role as custodians of the Earth. Together, let us continue to protect and nurture our shared heritage, ensuring that future generations can revel in the splendor of the Chinese egret and the countless marvels that grace our planet.

[Special notes] The whole birding trip followed the Code of Ethics for Nature Photography (T/CGDF 00008-2020) developed by the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF). No bird was disturbed.

Reporter: Littlejane

Proofread by:Lian Yu

Editor: Sara

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