Fri, Mar 22, 2002 - Page 2 News List

Nantou's Chi Chi institute to host `E-birds' exhibition


The Taiwan Endemic Species Research Institute in Chi Chi, in central Taiwan's Nantou County, will present a series of programs featuring wild birds from tomorrow to May 30.

In response to the international education initiative "Save the Birds -- Save the Trees -- Save the Earth," Bird Life International, the Wild Bird Federation of Taiwan, and the National Taiwan Science Education Center will jointly sponsor the "E-Birds" exhibition at the institute.

The programs will feature exhibitions of paintings, posters, Web pages, pottery and music pieces created by children aged between eight and 11 from around the world. The exhibited products will all have the same theme: saving birds and conserving the ecology.

Last year, Bird Life International sponsored an international contest of artistic creations featuring wild birds.

Winning pieces from these competitions will be exhibited at the "E-birds" festival.

The institute will also present an exhibition of bird paintings by famous local painters. Documentary films featuring wild birds in Taiwan will also be shown.

Among the wild animal species which have been recorded in Taiwan, there are some 500 birds, including 14 endemic species and 69 subspecies. These include the Taiwan whistling thrush, the Taiwan blue magpie, the Taiwan sibia, and the alpine accentor.

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