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Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Area International Bird Race


If you acknowledge the following rules and regulations, please in a timely manner remind the person at your side who may have overlooked these to love and revere nature.

Important Information for Guests

1. In the afternoon in the mountains, there is often thick fog, so be careful driving.
2. There are signs in the park at places where there might be a danger, so please follow their recommendations.
3. Please help protect the natural environment.
        A. It is prohibited to bring in pets or release any animals here.
        B. It is prohibited to camp, make a fire, barbecue, throw down cigarette butts, swim, or fish.
        C. It is prohibited to climb on or pick any vegetation, tree, flower, or leaves, and to carve on trees.
        D. Please take any trash out with you; there are places set up to separate items for recycling.
        E. Please use dishes and utensils that can be washed and reused.
        F. Please return any of the pamphlets that you have read back to the recycle bin.
4. Currently in the park there is a restriction on car weight; only passenger cars (<4.5 tons) can enter.

5. There is no gas station in the park, so please fill up your car in Dongshih before coming up the hill.

Principles and Standards for Nature Observation and Photography

Following economic development, the Taiwanese people are increasingly concerned about their quality of life. After promotion by government agencies and private organizations, birdwatching activities and ecotourism are thriving as people attempt to get closer to and personally experience nature. So people are well acquainted with and commonly join in these kinds of leisure activities. The popularity of photography and the number of people who photograph birds are continually growing. However, a small number of photographers want  to quickly photograph certain target species, and in recent years, there is a certain group of photographers who habitually use food and recorded bird calls to attract birds. This causes the birds to be exposed in the open for long periods of time in a certain spot. Some people even trample down the vegetation and break branches in order to get a better picture, repeatedly disregarding the principles of "ecological photography"; some even behave in ways that destroy the environment. For many years, the Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Area has been an excellent place to observe birds in Taiwan. However, recently, these types of disturbance are more frequently being seen. For example, at Dasyueshan Forest Road 210, people have been incessantly feeding the Mikado and Swinhoe's Pheasants for a long time; in addition, some photographers use mealworms to entice the very secretive White-browed Shortwing (Brachypteryx montana), Taiwan Wren-Babbler (Pnoepyga formosana), and White-browed Bush-Robin (Tarsiger indicus), as they are normally very difficult to observe. They are not merely causing the vegetation where they are photographing to suffer a certain amount of destruction by trampling, some even use tacks to hold the mealworms in place so that the birds will linger for a prolonged period in the open. This behavior not only violates ecological principles by exposing birds to improper food, but there is a real risk that the tacks will pierce their skin and cause direct harm.

Although the first steps of researching whether this type of feeding behavior affects bird vitality or ecology have not yet taken domestically, impacts on the following inherent aspects cannot be disregarded or ignored.

1. Within ecosystems, organisms are all closely connected, forming complex food webs, fostering relative stable developmental balance, and there are possible collateral influences on other organisms.

2. According to investigations,  people use corn, wheat, and beans to attract pheasants, while using mealworms to attract insectivorous species. These are not the kinds of foods that birds would normally consume in the wild; the food obtained from the wild is complex and diverse. Compared to other worms, levels of calcium and phosphorus in mealworms are considerably lower, and frequent consumption of 'unnatural' foods can lead to various extents of harmful influences on the physiological and nutritional health of the birds.

3. Frequent and long-term feeding may lead some species to change their behavior. If a species becomes over-dependent on feeding by humans, they may lose their natural ability to sustain themselves in the wild. Organisms that are habitually fed may lose their innate fear of humans, and since some people still capture wild birds, this is a real threat.

4. When birds are often exposed for long periods in the open in the same spot, it is easy to attract predators' attention, increasing the risk of being preyed upon.

Songs represent a functional behavior that consumes a lot of energy, and birds rely on their calls to attract members of the opposite sex and maintain pair bonds. They are also used to announce and defend a bird's territory. These matters are all related to the most important matter in the entire year for a bird: breeding. Playing back calls to lure birds is very disruptive for some species. Due to curiosity or vigilance, many birds will investigate the source of the call. Strongly territorial species may have an extremely extended and vigorous reaction, like incessantly calling to drive away the apparent intruder, or urgently searching everywhere for the intruder. Although during birdwatching, many foreign bird leaders often use bird calls to try to make certain special or particularly secretive species appear, the period of the playback is usually not very long and is separated by a certain interval of time. In contrast, some Taiwanese photographers constantly play back calls without stop. This directly leads to urgent physiological problems, and the harmful effects on certain feeding, breeding, and incubation behaviors cannot be disregarded.

"Leave nothing but footprints; take nothing but photographs" is our rational idea when we enter natural environments, regardless of whether we are hiking or birdwatching. It is our hope that except for those who rely on and engage in the above-described activities, people can strengthen their bodies and minds. We also hope that these assaults against natural environments will greatly decrease. The rational knowledge and practicality of people differ, and the moral of the footprint/photograph saying may be misconstrued or transgressed. Just a small proportion of people who birdwatch or photograph birds choose the path that causes possible disturbance, and a few even go so far as to seriously threaten birds' behaviors. When we are slowly moving through dense fog in a forest and encounter a Swinhoe's or Mikado Pheasant, there is great excitement. Even after watching birds for many years, again and again we lose the chance to get close, but finally in the end through a crack in the forest, we have the pleasure of seeing a Taiwan Wren-Babbler or White-browed Shortwing. Isn't such an experience a reason for us to reflect and reminisce? When you walk in the wild mountains and raise your binoculars or camera to your eyes, please remember when you come in contact with nature, that the main reason you are birdwatching is that you love birds, and desire to experience that most basic feeling in your heart.

Birdwatching Rules and Regulations

Watching Wild Birds

· Remind yourself at all times to maintain secrecy and quiet; do not scare the birds.

· Avoid chasing wild birds; let them comfortably feed and roost.

· Do not use any inappropriate method to expel or attract wild birds.

· When observing passing migrants, please remember that they urgently need food and rest.

· If you encounter a bird incubating eggs or raising young in the nest, then quickly leave to avoid the parents abandoning the nest.

· Do not enter an area where breeding birds are building nests.

· Do not capture wild birds, and do not publicize the location of breeding birds.

Five Birdwatching Don'ts

· Don't frighten them.

· Don't attract them.

· Don't chase them.

· Don't destroy them.

· Don't capture them.

Wild Bird Photography

· It is important when photographing wild birds' natural ecological situation to avoid unnecessary disturbance.

· When photographing, you should maintain natural conditions; do not cause the wild bird to be exposed to predators, people, or unpleasant situations.

· When publicizing works of rare bird species, please do not reveal details of the location.

· Make extreme efforts to avoid photographing nesting birds; it is prohibited from photographing rare and endangered species of birds when they are mating.

· The photographer and equipment should be suitably camouflaged and should remain concealed, and a suitable distance maintained.

 


If you acknowledge the above rules and regulations, please in a timely manner remind the person at your side who may have overlooked these to love and revere nature.

 

 
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