New species of wild birds discovered in large wetlands of northern China

(ORDO NEWS) — 11 new species of wild birds have been discovered since October in the large wetlands of Baiyangdian Lake in North China‘s Hebei Province.

According to the administrative committee of Xiong’an New Area, where Baiyangdian Lake is located, there are 248 species of wild birds in the area today, up 42 species compared to 2017, when the new area was established.

At the same time, 10 species of wild birds are under state protection of the first level, another 45 species are under state protection of the second level.

Since the formation of Xiong’an New Area, Baiyangdian Lake’s environmental protection measures have been strengthened.

As a result, the quality of the water in the lake has improved, and in nine habitats of wild birds, the district authorities have introduced a year-round ban on hunting.

Tian Yongchang, vice head of the Anxin County Natural Resources Bureau of Xiong’an New District, said that 16 professional bird inspectors were recently hired to carry out joint inspections on eight routes along with village workers and volunteers who love and care for birds.

Over 2,000 local volunteers are participating in the bird protection campaign during this year’s migration season.

In order to protect the birds from adverse winter weather, the district authorities have also set up a 186.7-hectare nature reserve in the artificial shallow waters of Baiyangdian Lake to feed rare birds.

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