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EVENTS

May 13, SUNDAY: BIRDING EXCURSION TO YEYAHU WETLANDS, led by Terry Townshend

You may not know that Beijing is a brilliant place for birding, with 490 avian species recorded – more than London, Paris or Washington D.C. Strategically placed along the East Asian Australasian Flyway, Beijing is like a service station on the expressway for millions of birds migrating every spring and autumn from breeding grounds in the north to warmer climes in the south. Join us for a day-long excursion to Yeyahu (Wild Duck Lake), a world-class wetland reserve in northwest Beijing, about 1.5-2 hours’ drive from the city center and near the Hebei provincial border. Flanked by mountains to the north and south, the reserve features lakes, reedbeds and lightly wooded areas where one can see more than 60 bird species in a day -- including Amur Falcons fresh from their wintering grounds in southeast Africa, Eastern Marsh Harriers (pictured), and other wetland species.  

 

WHAT: Day-long birding trip led by conservationist Terry Townshend

WHEN: May 13, Sun. Bus pick-up is 07:00 AM  at Hilton Hotel, east 3rd Ring Road, near Liangmaqiao subway stop. We’ll return there around 18:00 PM the same day

WHERE: Yeyahu (Wild Duck Lake) wetlands park in northwest Beijing,

HOW MUCH: TO BE ANNOUNCED (transport, bottled water, and RMB 50 entry fees are included.  HOWEVER LUNCH AND BINOCULARS ARE NOT INCLUDED; PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN -- OF BOTH -- IF NEEDED. Instant noodles are available for sale at the Yeyahu reserve. 

RSVP: communications.ras.bj@gmail.com and write “Birding” in the header; seating will be limited so please RSVP early.

 

MORE ABOUT THE GROUP LEADER:

A Beijinger since 2010, Terry Townshend is a conservationist and birder who has spearheaded campaigns to save some of China's rarest birds from extinction, including the Jankowski's Bunting and Baer's Pochard.  He runs the Birding Beijing website, serves on BirdLife International's Global Advisory Group and recently took up a Directorship with a new Chinese organisation, EcoAction, focusing on environmental education in schools and sustainable ecotourism.  He is also an advisor to ShanShui Conservation Centre and the government of Qinghai Province.  He has seen more than 400 species in the capital and has found several first records, including the Beijing's first Tree Pipit in the British Ambassador's garden.  

 


WATCH THIS SPACE

     Spring has sprung! You're invited to join us May 13 for a day-long birding excursion at Yeyahu Wetlands Park in northeast Beijing, led by conservationist Terry Townshend. You may be surprised to learn that more bird species have been recorded in China's capital than in London, Paris or Washington D.C. Bring your binoculars!

    Thanks to all who attended our April 10 talk on contemporary Chinese artists.  The venue -- formerly part of an imperial Taoist temple complex, replete with Yuan Dynasty roof timbers -- was a stunning backdrop to the fascinating presentation by Luise Guest of the White Rabbit Chinese Contemporary Art Gallery in Sydney. If you think you left a scarf behind at the Dong Yue Art Museum, please contact enquiries@rasbj.org

 

 

Disclaimer

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Royal Asiatic Society China, Beijing members and their guests are asked to please wear appropriate footwear and clothing when attending events or excursions, and to adhere to any safety instructions or other codes of conduct. Please also bear in mind the physical requirements of participating in the event or trip. Participation in events and excursions is at your own risk: the Royal Asiatic Society China,  Beijing accepts no liability for any loss or damage, including personal injury or damage to property.

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