siberian white crane wetland habitat

A picture book and photo book featuring a young Siberian white crane that accidentally migrated to a northern Taiwan wetland last December will be launched next month to mark the first anniversary of the presence of the rare bird.

The young white crane, about two years old, flew into the Qingshui Wetland in Jinshan, New Taipei on Dec. 13 after losing contact with its flock, and has survived two strong typhoons over the past year.

The presence of the rare bird — a species that is in danger of extinction — immediately drew attention as it was the first time in recent memory that a Siberian crane had landed in Taiwan.

The Taiwanese Ecological Engineering Development Foundation has decided to publish a children’s book of paintings of the white crane passing lotus ponds and its interactions with people, with the aim of instilling the concept of nature conservation in young people.

The crane is a member of the Gruidae family that lives in eastern Russia and migrates to Boyang Lake in central China for the winter. However, its usual overwintering habitat has been damaged as a result of the construction of the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River.

Experts say the social media buzz surrounding the crane has also caught the attention of Russian and Japanese birders, who visit Taiwan to see it.


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