Global EditionASIA 中文双语Français
Home / China / Environment

Flocking to catch a glimpse of the flock

By CAO CHEN in Shanghai | China Daily | Updated: 2018-07-28 02:24
Share - WeChat
Awaiting the arrival of migratory birds is like expecting a group of old friends who return home at the same time every year.” -Yao Li, 45, birdwatcher

He also contributes to the research of these animals by doing bird ringing, which refers to the attachment of tags to the legs or wings of birds so that they can easily be identified.

"Bird ringing helps researchers to keep track of the movements of the birds and their life history. It is common to take measurements and check the condition of their feathers, age and sex during ringing," said He.

One of the birds He tagged when he was pursuing his PhD in 2012 was a black-faced spoonbill, one of the rarest and most endangered species in the world.

"Two years later, I saw the bird again in a village in Nantong, Jiangsu province and I felt this sense of achievement. It was like coming across an old friend," he quipped.

Contact the writer at

|<< Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6   
Copyright 1995 - . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349