Home / Environment / News Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read | Comment
Massive search for missing migratory birds
Adjust font size:

Wildlife officials have begun a massive search for about 100,000 migratory birds that disappeared from the Poyang Lake Nature Reserve after the worst winter weather hit southern China in five decades.


Luo Shengjin, deputy director of the state-level reserve in the eastern Jiangxi Province, said about 200,000 wild birds had been there before the snow and freezing temperatures began last month, but officials had found only 40,000 since the weather began to ease last week.


Luo said the data could be inaccurate as the monitoring equipment was not advanced and officials could not reach the center of the frozen lake. As the reserve covers only 10 percent of the lake, some of the birds could have migrated to other areas.


Though no mass deaths of fowls have been reported, they were worried about possible losses because the weather had destroyed many of the plants that the birds fed on, said Luo.


Staff from the Poyang Lake Nature Reserve are distributing feed for birds.


Since late January, the reserve had spent 100,000 yuan (13,800 U.S. dollars) to buy grain, corn and vegetables and hundreds of officials had been dispatched to feed the birds.


Ji Weitao, director of the reserve, said they were planning to employ helicopters to search the whole lake as part of a survey.


As China's largest fresh water lake, Poyang is an important habitat for migrant birds to winter over and an internationally significant wetland.


About 95 percent of the world's white cranes, half of the white-naped cranes and 60 percent of swan geese are believed to migrate there each year.


The file photo shows a flock of migratory geese are flying over the central lake region of the Poyang Lake Nature Reserve on Jan. 5 this year.


(Xinhua News Agency February 18, 2008)

Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read
Pet Name

China Archives
Related >>
- 50 Million Fries to Be Poured into Lake
- Lake research begins in Jiangxi Province
- Poyang lake nears lowest water level
- Poyang Lake hit by severe droughts
Most Viewed >>
Air Quality 
Cities Major Pollutant Air Quality Level
Beijing particulate matter II
Shanghai particulate matter III1
Guangzhou sulfur dioxide II
Chongqing particulate matter III2
Xi'an particulate matter III1
Most Read
- White paper on energy
- Endangered monkeys grow in number
- Yangtze River's Three Gorges 2 mln years in the making
- The authorities sets sights on polluted soil
- China, US benefit from clean energy
NGO Events Calendar Tips
- Hand in hand to protect endangered animals and plants
- Changchun, Mini-marathon Aimed at Protecting Siberian Tiger
- Water Walk by Nature University
- Green Earth Documentary Salon
- Prof. Maria E. Fernandez to Give a Lecture on Climate Change
UN meets on climate change
The UN Climate Change Conference brought together representatives of over 180 countries and observers from various organizations.
Panda Facts
A record 28 panda cubs born via artificial insemination have survived in 2006.
South China Karst
Rich and unique karst landforms located in south China display exceptional natural beauty.
Saving the Tibetan Antelopes
The rare animals survive in the harsh natural environment of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.
Laws & Regulations
- Forestry Law of the People's Republic of China
- Meteorology Law of the People's Republic of China
- Fire Control Law of the People's Republic of China
- Law on Protecting Against and Mitigating Earthquake Disasters
- Law of the People's Republic of China on Conserving Energy
State Environmental Protection Administration
Ministry of Water Resources
Ministry of Land and Resources
China Environmental Industry Network
Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base