City, province team up to feed wild birds
Beijing and neighboring Hebei province have, for the first time, joined hands to provide winter feed for wild birds that migrate to a nearby reservoir, local wildlife authorities said on Dec 17. Nearly 10,000 wild birds, mainly gray cranes, have been spotted resting in Guanting Reservoir, which borders Beijing’s Yanqing district and Zhangjiakou’s Huailai county, since the beginning of winter. About 750 kilograms of corn has already been distributed, and another 3,000 kg will be provided in the future, according to the Beijing Wildlife Conservation Association. Because of cold weather and a large number of birds, food shortages in winter are common, according to the association. It said the birds will be fed every three weeks, though the frequency may change depending on the weather and the number of birds.