Birds of a feather flock together at Guandu Nature Park

Taipei, Oct. 25 (CNA) The Wild Bird Society of Taipei (WBST) held its 17th Taipei International Birdwatching Fair this weekend at Guandu Nature Park, in Taipei. A WBST spokesman said Sunday nearly 7 percent of the world's bird species can be seen in Taiwan, as many of them are endemic and the country is central to East Asia's main migratory routes. The wetlands of Guandu Nature Park are at the confluence of the Tamsui and Keelung rivers and the opportunity to view these migratory birds makes it a popular area for birdwatchers. Every spring and autumn for the past decade, WBST has sponsored the Birdwatching Fair at Guandu Nature Park to introduce birders and the general public to the wetlands' ecological resources and conservation efforts. Programs at the two-day event included a film screening on the more than 4,000-kilometer journey of migratory birds between Europe and Asia, while there were also exhibitions, ecology seminars and outdoor concerts. About 675 bird species can be found in Taiwan, among which 27 are endemic to Taiwan and 56 are endemic subspecies, according to A Field Guide to the Birds of Taiwan. (By S.M. Yang and Lillian Lin)