Birds to be monitored at 28 New Taipei City sites

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

Sun, Nov 11, 2012 - Page 3

The New Taipei City (新北市) Government yesterday began its cooperation with the Wild Bird Society of Taipei (WBST) for a comprehensive wild bird survey in the Tamsui River (淡水河) basin.

According to the city government’s water resources department, the survey will take place at 28 sites along Dahan River (大漢溪), Xindian River (新店溪), Keelung River (基隆河) and Tamsui River basin to complete a census on the wild birds in the area.

“Birds play an important role in nature. Just like human beings, birds are on the higher end of the ecological chain. Wild birds are often used as bio-indicators for evaluating the living environment for humans,” department director Chang Yen-kuang (張延光) said.

“The wild birds survey in the Tamsui River basin can help us understand how the environment has changed and understand why the changes took place,” he added.

New Taipei City residents who participated in the survey last week attended a workshop held by the WBST, in which they were taught techniques on how to conduct surveys, officials from the city government said.

WBST chairperson Ho Yi-shen (何一先) said Taiwan is located at the center of one of the world’s main bird migration flyways — the East Asian-Australasian Flyway — so many migrating birds land in Taiwan on their way south, for a temporary rest or even to spend the whole winter.