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Annual bird conservation week takes off

THE city's 28th "Bird-Loving Week" began over the weekend, setting off a raft of conservations efforts.

The Shanghai Wildlife Protection office said the population of aquatic birds in some local areas, such as Nanhui District, has halved over the past three years due to worsening environmental conditions, climate change and illegal hunting.

In 2006, the eastern coast wetland in Nanhui was home to at least 57,000 aquatic birds, but the number dropped to 25,000 last year.

Yuan Xiao, an engineer with the office, said the amount of wetland in the area is falling, making the environment unsuitable for aquatic birds. On top of this, fewer birds are flying south to Shanghai for the winter as the climate has grown warmer in recent years.

Nanhui District is planning to restore the ecological condition of the wetland.

Yesterday, the Shanghai Wildlife Park organized a team of people to free birds and frogs that had been trapped illegally. Twenty godwits and spotted greenshanks, and more than 100 frogs were released back into the wild.

Meanwhile, the Shanghai Cooking Association over the weekend said all 38,000 restaurants that are members of the association have agreed not to serve wild birds.

An exhibition of bird eggs was also held at Zhabei Park to mark the bird-conservation week. The eggs came in all shapes and sizes, from some half the size of a human thumb to an ostrich egg the size of a soccer ball.


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