Bird census conducted
Greater Tainan recorded its highest-ever yearly number of black-faced spoonbills wintering in the area, according to the results of an annual global census released yesterday. A total of 1,533 of the highly endangered migratory birds were recorded in the southern part of the nation this year, the results of a two-day census show. Tainan is the world’s most important wintering site for the birds, accounting for about half of them. The annual census, arranged by the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society since 2003, was conducted on both Saturday and yesterday and the day that recorded the higher number of birds — Saturday — was used to represent this year’s results.
US pilot’s pennants donated
The widow of the legendary Lieutenant General Claire Lee Chennault, who commanded US fighter pilots that flew for China against Japan in the 1940s, recently donated two pennants to the Republic of China Air Force, Air Force Command said. One of the pennants donated by his widow, Anna Chan Chennault, which reads “share the same hatred toward our enemy” was presented by the Kunming Chamber of Commerce in 1944 on the first anniversary of the 14th Air Force, while the other, which reads “safeguarding our air space” was presented by Yunnan Province in 1945. The pennants bear witness to the solid relations between the ROC and the US Air Force during World War II, the Air Force Command said. Claire Chennault went to China in 1937 as a military adviser to Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) as Japan’s war with China expanded. At his suggestion, the US government formed the American Volunteer Group, dubbed “the Flying Tigers,” to aid China’s war effort.
Temperature to decrease
A southward-bound cold air mass from China was expected to bring temperatures down starting yesterday afternoon, the Central Weather Bureau said. Temperatures were expected to drop to between 13°C and 14°C in northern Taiwan and between 15°C and 16°C in other areas by late yesterday, and areas north of central Taiwan could see a low of 11°C degrees tonight, the bureau forecasted. The approach of this dry, cold air mass is also expected to ease the rain, which began early yesterday due to the passing of a front, the bureau said. Temperatures are expected to return to a relatively warmer level from tomorrow as the cold air mass weakens, but the approach of another wave of a strong cold air mass from China on Wednesday is likely to bring the mercury down again from Wednesday through Saturday, it said.
Canadian office runs exhibit
The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei is running its first-ever photography exhibition to showcase the magnificent beauty of the Arctic, the office said in a recent statement. The exhibition, which runs through Feb. 6 at the office in Taipei’s Xinyi District (信義), displays 36 photos featuring the diversity of landscape, people and wildlife in Canada’s Arctic regions, the statement said. To highlight the human dimension of the Arctic, the exhibition also incorporates a series of short films that portray the lives of Canada’s Inuit peoples, the office said. Meanwhile, Canada, as an Arctic nation, has been active in circumpolar affairs, the office said. “This year, Canada will assume the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, which is the leading international body for cooperation in the Arctic region,” it added.