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It’s pheasants vs. photovoltaics at Taitung’s Zhiben Wetlands (2019/03/19)
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    It’s pheasants vs. photovoltaics at Taitung’s Zhiben Wetlands (2019/03/19)

    Conservationists are speaking out against a planned solar farm at Taitung’s Zhiben Wetlands. A local group has discovered that the wetlands are a major breeding habitat for the Taiwan ring-necked pheasant, a rare bird that is protected by law. Conservationists fear that the hundreds of solar panels would become a threat to the fragile ecosystem that the bird needs to survive.

    With its iridescent feathers and red wattle, the bird cuts an elegant sight as it forages in a field. Taiwan ring-necked pheasants aren’t common, but birdwatchers can often find them at Taitung’s Zhiben Wetlands.

    Su Chun-jung
    Wild Bird Society of Taitung
    There are relatively large populations here at the Zhiben Wetlands.

    Taiwan ring-necked pheasants mainly inhabit grasslands and are classed as a “rare and valuable” protected species in Taiwan. According to a survey by the Wild Bird Society of Taitung, the Zhiben Wetlands have 72 eggs for every 10 hectares of land, or over a 1,000 pheasants hatched every year. That makes it the bird’s largest breeding ground in Taiwan. Scholars say the county government should leave the 260-hectare wetland alone and abandon its plan to make it a solar farm. That plan is only the latest in a string of government proposals, which include a proposal to build a theme park.

    Perng Jen-jiun
    National Taitung University professor
    Last year we verified that the Zhiben Wetlands are indeed an important breeding habitat for ring-necked pheasants in Eastern Taiwan, and even in all of Taiwan. It should be protected.

    Volunteers have been sent to conduct a census on the pheasant population in the wetlands. Conservationists hope to use hard data to convince the government that nature is just as important as sustainable energy.

    中文 Chinese  
    知本濕地開發大型太陽能光電廠?保育學者批

    台東知本溼地面積約260公頃,縣府計畫開發成大型太陽能光電廠,但保育學者聽了很不以為然,因為根據台東縣野鳥學會這幾年的調查,一年可能有一千隻小環頸雉誕生,環頸雉是二級保育類鳥類,野鳥學會希望縣府除了重視能源,更要注重生態資源。

    亮麗的羽毛、紅色的肉垂,優雅地在綠色草地上覓食,這是台灣特有鳥類環頸雉,不常見,但台東知本這塊溼地,就能發現牠的蹤影。

    [[台東縣野鳥學會理事 蘇俊榮]]
    “知本溼地來講,牠的族群量相當多。”

    環頸雉屬於台灣二級保育類鳥類,棲地以草原為主。台東縣野鳥學會調查發現,每10公頃,就有72顆蛋,一年可能超過一千隻環頸雉幼鳥誕生,可說是國內最大的野外繁殖棲地。不過縣府現在打算,將這塊260公頃的溼地,開發成大型太陽能光電廠,之前還曾規劃遊樂園,頻頻打算這塊棲地的主意,學者很不以為然。

    [[台東大學教授 彭仁君]]
    “知本濕地就我們去年是要前往證實,確實是在環頸雉在東部,甚至在全台灣,它是一個重要的棲息繁殖棲地,應該受到保護。”

    為了保護重要棲地,保育團體目前已請志工,調查濕地的環頸雉數量,希望用數據呼籲縣府,除了重視能源,更要注重生態資源。
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