For the purpose of promoting the preservation of pheasant-tailed jacana ecological habitat, the "2014 Pheasant-tailed Jacana Ecological Festival" was opened on Sep. 7, 2014 9:30am at Tainan Pheasant-tailed Jacana Eco-Educational Nature Park. The event was co-hosted by BOHSR, Forestry Bureau of Executive Yuan, Tainan City Government, THSRC, Wild Bird Society of Taiwan and Tse-Xin Organic Agriculture Foundation in hope of conveying the concept and importance of protecting the jacanas, its wetland habitat and other species. Using a "protective umbrella" as a metaphor, when the jacana's home is well-protected, the wetlands and other creature's home are also protected simultaneously. The event is anticipated to flourish more and more of these ecological "protective umbrellas" in other wetlands in Taiwan.
As the representative of BOHSR, Chief Secretary Lu's speech opened with the successful HSR environmental jacana preservation project to stimulate public's attention and care toward our valuable organic environment. Next, Chief Secretary Lu expressed gratitude to the staff in the Park for their great effort and the farmers in Guantian District for their toilsome work. Only with all the assistance and efforts, the pheasant-tailed jacanas are able to live in safer environments and other creatures in the wetlands can be further sheltered. Besides, more and more the organic products from the wetlands can be shared in public to help consumers healthier. Such successful case has been adopted as an example in BOHSR's eco-educational training program and spread around.
The highlight of the opening ceremony was the "Second Water Chestnut Peeling Competition" in which many local experts participated and the winner was awarded. Many experiencing activities including challenging games, bird watching introduction, jacana image observation, ecological video watching, agricultural market, sweepstakes, etc. and the memorial of the deceased Park Director Jung-Hsuan Weng were held in the Festival attracting over a thousand people to the Park and resulting in a great success.