TAINAN COUNTY BLACK-FACED SPOONBILL CONSERVATION ASSOICATION
¡@The beautiful island of Taiwan, once well-known as Formosa, has been
over-developed due to industrial and economic priorities. This makes
the lagoon at Chi-Ku on the western seashore very precious for two reasons.
First, more than half of the entire global population of the famous
black-faced spoonbills winter at this site every year. Secondly, thousands
of seagulls, snipes, and geese visit this area several times a year.
The facts show that Chi-Ku is a treasure of ecological sources. On September
27 of 1998, Tainan county Black-Faced Spoonbill Association(BFSA) was
established by local, enthusiastic, young men and the fishermen who
have made a living on inland seas for generations. With love for their
hometown and a passion for life, the members of this organization devoted
themselves to ecological conservation and tourism development in hopes
that the collected information from ecological studies would inspire
young people to take an interest in the science of nature.
¡@In order to prevent the wild black-faced spoonbill from extinction,
there has been an emphasis on academic research and the dissemination
of its findings through interpretation to the public. Hopefully, this
will help to protect the spoonbill¡¦s wintering area and in turn, help
to preserve their existence. Furthermore, by means of tour-guiding,
it is hoped that people come to understand the concerns of natural ecology
and come to value and protect their land and home. The ideal goal is
to establish a national park with favoring nature, ecology and conservation
instead of the proposed large-scale petroleum-chemical industrial districts.
A. Academic Research:
At present, the research begins with a study of the black-faced spoonbill,
the ecology of their natural habitats and the particular environment
of their winter habitat. From these studies, a seminar or an academic
exchange meeting can be held annually.
B. Editing interpretation publications:
The tour-guides¡¦ experiences along with the study results are collected
into interpretation manuals. The series of Feelings for Chi-Ku and
spoonbills at countryside include birds, the plants at seashore, human
knowledge and geography, the ecology around tideway, feelings attaching
to flying spoonbills and lagoon. Three of the five books have been
published for the purpose of spreading knowledge of environmental
conservation and the information about the ecology, value and history
of the surrounding countryside.
C. Interpretation/tour-guiding education:
There are interpretation services on weekends and holidays at the
bird-watching kiosks. All volunteers receive training in the interpretation
and education of ecological conservation before they are posted to
the bird-watching kiosks near the black-faced spoonbill habitat.
D. Tour-guiding of ecological trips:
Groups can request and reserve a personal tour-guide to accompany
them on an ecological tour of Chi-Ku.
E. Teachers are being trained
in environmental education to assist in educational field trips for
elementary school and junior high school students.
F. Tables of ecological statistics and data are on exhibit, and video
tapes about the black-faced spoonbills are available at the BFSA office.
A. To promote the establishment and
management of the natural ecological sanctuary at the estuary of the
Tsen-Wen River for the sake of the black-faced spoonbills.
B. To assist the local fisherman and
encourage them to share in the management of the natural ecological
sanctuary. (It is suggested that the conservation foundation of the
estuary of the Tsen-Wen River be mainly comprised of the local people
C. To promote travel and tourism to
points of ecological interest such as the lagoons, sandbanks and seaboard.
To emphasize the cultural value and encourage interest in native modes
of production such as farming, fishing, and salt-making.