The 2015 17th Taipei International Birdwatching Fair, organized by Taipei City Government and the Wild Bird Society of Taipei under the guidance of the of the Council of Agriculture Forest Bureau, Executive Yuan, took place at Guandu Nature Park from October 24 to 25, 2015.
The fair, themed “See Wild Birds, Conserve Nature”, featured activities based along a walking trail; these included an ecological tournament stop, knowledge gaining stop, action invitation stop, DIY stop, YY’s newborns theater, wild view film festival, ecological lectures, and interactive exhibitions of related conservation groups from home and abroad. The organizer introduced wild birds of nature through theme activities in an edutaining way, gaining attention for the conservation of nature and ecology so wild birds will have an environment for the future.
Taiwan has a superior geographic location as it is located at the center of the East and Southeast Asia island arcs and also along the East Asia path, one of the eight major migratory bird flyways. This geographic advantage leaves Taiwan with abundant and unique ecological resources. According to the latest edition of “Field Guide of Wild Birds in Taiwan”, there are 675 kinds of birds viewable in Taiwan with 27 endemic species which accounts for one-fifteenth worldwide. With such positive factors, many overseas bird lovers are attracted to Taiwan for birdwatching.
The Taipei International Birdwatching Fair started around 1985-1988 and was originally held twice a year during spring and autumn as the Guandu Waterbirds Fair. Later on, the event was adjusted to follow the Birdwatching Fair in Egleton, UK, format, which led to the opening of the Taipei International Birdwatching Fair in 1999. The event, now in its 17th year, focused on issues related to birds and the environment with the mission to deliver the message of ecological conservation. The Fair aroused public attention for the world of birds and the need to help conserve their natural habitats.
For more information, please visit the website at birdfair.org.tw.