Cured Black-faced spoonbill returns to nature
One of six black-faced spoonbills that was cured of a botulism infection in March has flown to Dalian, China, the Tainan City Government’s Agriculture Bureau reported yesterday.
The spoonbill was spotted by the Dalian Zhuange Wildlife Protection Station and is said to be displaying a normal and healthy mating behavior, possibly contributing to the creation of a new generation of black-faced spoonbills. The local Agriculture Bureau expressed their hope in seeing newborn spoonbills visit the Tainan area. Last March, Ju Jian-ming (
) of the Tainan Agricultural Bureau reported 13 cases of botulism in the Dannan area. Six of the diseased spoonbills were cured and released back into the wild on March 24 at the Zheng Gonggong Memorial Park. These birds were released with six tracking devices attached to their ankles. The black-faced spoonbill with the tracking number T69 was discovered in Dalian, alive and thriving.
The story of the black-faced spoonbill T69 — named Jenny — has become a symbol of Tainan’s ecological efforts and achievements. Director General of the Tainan Wild Bird Conservation Society, Guo Dong-hui ( ), is optimistic about the streamlined mating process of Taiwan’s very own black-faced spoonbills. He is also eagerly awaiting the arrival of the T69 bird in October as a symbol of Tainan’s own fruitful mating season.
The latest developments has created an exciting time for enthusiastic bird watchers in the area, and has many looking forward to an upcoming event hosted at Taijiang National Park that aims to showcase the beauty of the black- faced spoonbill. Chiu Ren-wu (
) of the Ecological Society believes that the news of the T69 bird will bring more attention to the event and will hopefully shed light on the importance of wildlife conservation.
Black-faced spoonbills are seen in Dalien, China, yesterday in this photo provided by the Tainan Ecological Society of Conservation. The black-faced spoonbill T69, left, one of six survivors of a March botulism outbreak in the Annan area, Tainan, has flown to Dalien, China, where she is thriving and showcasing healthy mating habits. Tainan City’s Agricultural Bureau said that it hoped to see the spoonbill return to Taiwan this coming winter.