Large bird race and also marsh study in Gochang, the latest Flyway Network Website on the Eastern Oriental Australasian Flyway


Dr. Bernhard Seliger, Dr. Hyun-Ah Choi (both Birds Korea and also Hanns-Seidel-Foundation Korea) with Jeongmin Khil and also Sabine Leykam (HSF Korea)

Gochang in Jeollabukdo, a region at the Yellow Sea, still has huge tidal apartments and also attractive rice-field locations. As component of the campaign to shield continuing to be marshes and also tidal apartments, a lot of which have actually gone away in the duration of fast financial growth considering that the 1960s, South Korea in 2015 signed up components of their tidal apartments, amongst them those in Gochang, as UNESCO Globe Cultural Heritage. They prepared an entry of the website to the Eastern Oriental Australasian Flyway Collaboration (EAAFP) as one of the lots of hundred crucial waterbird websites and also on August 28, Doug Watkins, Principal exec of the EAAFP, might hand over the Flyway Network Website certification. The mayor of Gochang went to the event, yet additionally lots of agents of NGO and also lots of family members from throughout the nation, considering that to commemorate the relevance of Gochang for birds, the “Gochang huge bird race” happened. Nearly 40 groups attempted to picture birds for an entire day. All outcomes needed to be sent to “ getbol caretakers” ( https://www.getbolkeepers.org/o/map), a South Oriental site established by the NGO Eco Perspective to urge information sharing and also resident ´ s scientific research. In South Korea, this was an excellent growth (though it is difficult for immigrants to make use of the application because of language issue; for that reason most immigrants instead make use of e-bird). Amongst the outstanding finds by different groups was, for instance, an adolescent Pheasant-tailed Jacana. Large numbers of waterbirds, consisting of Blackfaced Spoonbills and also Chinese Egrets, were discovered.

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Hanns-Seidel-Foundation is extremely curious about sustaining the far better security of marshes along the Yellow Sea. This is a joint obstacle for South and also North Korea in addition to China. To sustain the promo of eco-tourism in Gochang, HSF additionally got involved with a group. It was fantastic to see not just the tidal apartments and also waterbirds roosting on them, yet additionally rice areas which looked normally and also were virtually untouched by those troubles usually seen near Seoul, like overuse by warm residences and also small markets, concrete pipelines and also trenches, and also nonstop structure of added roadways. d

So, in a leisurely mid-day expedition and also following day the bird “race” a variety of birds might be well observed. Amongst them were:

Tidal apartments, marshes, islands like Daechukdo aware and also rice areas are particular for the landscape of Gochang. © Bernhard Seliger
Red-necked Job Calidris Ruficollis © Bernhard Seliger
Amongst one of the most constant waders were Terek Sandpipers Xenus cinereus, eccentric birds with particular growth expenses © Bernhard Seliger
2 sophisticated waders– an Environment-friendly Sandpiper Tringa ochropus (left) and also an Usual Greenshank Tringa nebularia (right) © Bernhard Seliger
It ´ s feeding time– Intermediate Egret Ardea intermedia © Bernhard Seliger
Eurasian pastime Falco Subbuteo © Bernhard Seliger
Typical Kingfisher Alcedo atthis © Bernhard Seliger
A young Tiger Shrike Lanius tigrinus at one of the little islands in the West Sea © Bernhard Seliger
Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica © Bernhard Seliger
The group of Hanns-Seidel-Foundation on the little island Daechukdo © Bernhard Seliger

A complete listing of the monitorings of the initial day can be seen at: https://ebird.org/checklist/S117838251

The bird race was a lengthy day filled with positive shocks. The biggest point was to see all the specialized individuals and also family members, usually with little kids, being interested in nature, nature and also environment security. Occasionally working with nature preservation appears to be hard in Korea, provided the hectic growth and also obdurate programmers. I am encouraged that these individuals with an authentic passion in their heritage and also the future of it will certainly make a favorable distinction for the future of Korea.

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