Hzgd15 13 sep 2012 - vivian fu - birdlife international - saving the chinese crested tern

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Vivian Fu, from the BirdLife International China Programme, kindly gave us a presentation about efforts to save the critically endangered Chinese Crested Tern.

Date: 13 Sep 2012

Venue: Cloud Cafe (WanTang Road at the TianMuShan Road intersection - Hangzhou City, China)

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Hzgd15 13 sep 2012 - vivian fu - birdlife international - saving the chinese crested tern

  1. 1. Wing Kan Fu , Vivian  China Programme OfficerBirdLife International / HKBWS China Programme
  2. 2. The importance of mainland China to birds: ~ 1,300 bird species (13% global spp.) >80 globally threatened spp.   China is the key site of 50% of these spp. 445 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) identified
  3. 3. Chinese Crested Tern中华凤头燕鸥 Species name: Thalasseus bernsteini A kind of seabird  ~43cm long Photo credit: Chen Shui Hua
  4. 4. Chinese Crested Tern中华凤头燕鸥  Species name: Thalasseus bernsteiniChinese Crested Tern  Great Crested Tern  Photo credit: Chen Shui Hua
  5. 5. History First specimen  collected at the  Island of Kao,  Halmahera, eastern  Indonesia on 22  November 1861. Photo credit: Chen Shui Hua
  6. 6. ‐ China: records in Shangdong, Zhejiang and Fujian Provinces. ‐ No records since the last 21 specimens collected in 1937 near Qingdao, Shandong. Last  Records!!! Photo credit: Simba Chan
  7. 7. Rediscovery   Summer 2000  4 pairs found in Mazu After 63  years!!!  Photo credit: Simba Chan
  8. 8. Discovery in Zhejiang Province Another breeding  colony was found on  Jiushan Islands,  Zhejiang in August  2004. In 2007, the  population seemed  to move to another  island Wuzishan  Islands, Zhejiang.  Photo credit: Chen Shuihua
  9. 9. Status  < 50 individuals at present (Critically Endangered);  Only two breeding colonies are discovered, on  islets off the east coast of mainland China;  Wintering ground has never been reported;  Migration route is still unknown Zhejiang Fujian Taiwan
  10. 10. Threats  Biggest Enemy‐‐‐Human!!Photo credit: Chen Shuihua
  11. 11. Threats Predators and introduced species
  12. 12. Threats  Indirect disturbance:  Typhoon  Pollution and rubbish  Over‐fishingPhoto credit: Chen Shuihua Photo credit: Fujian Bird Watching Society
  13. 13. Conservation  An International Action plan  produced by BirdLife International  with Convention of Migratory  Species (CMS) in 2010
  14. 14. Conservation Little ecological  information on Chinese  Crested Tern  Needs for survey:   Survey for unknown  breeding sites.   New sites in Zhejiang  Provinces found in 2004  and 2008.
  15. 15. Conservation Main threats: egg  collectionRaise awareness To public: schools and  local communities To government
  16. 16. Education and promotion at schools (Photo credit: Fujian Bird Watching Society)
  17. 17. Public awareness campaign (Photo credit: Zhejiang Wild Bird Society)
  18. 18. Promotional materials
  19. 19. Conservation Better management and  protection at breeding  sitesRaise awareness Advocacy with  government
  20. 20. Promote and strengthen protection in  Nature Reserves Establish nature reserve in ZhejiangNational Nature Reserve in Fujian 
  21. 21. Raising awareness outside ChinaWhere is the wintering ground of Chinese Crested ?
  22. 22. Producing promotional materials (Photo credit: Simba Chan)
  23. 23. December, 2010One wintering Chinese Crested Tern  sighted in Seram, eastern Indonesia!! (photo credit: Craig Robson)
  24. 24. You can help!! Do not eat seabirds’ eggs Do not land on islands which have breeding seabirds Spread the message of protection to Chinese Crested  Tern and its home to family and friendsWith your support, we can save another species from extinction!
  25. 25. AcknowledgementZhejiang WildBird Society         Fujian Bird Watching Society
  26. 26. Thank you!
  27. 27. Useful links BirdLife International factsheet:  http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.ph p?id=3264 Oriental Bird Club Bulletin 32: http://www.orientalbirdclub.org/publications/bullfeat s/chincres.html Zhejiang Wild Bird Society: http://www.zjbird.cn/ Fujian Bird Watching Society:  http://www.fjbirds.org/html/bbs.html

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