For the purpose of promoting jacana habitat preservation and green protection label, BOHSR, Forestry Bureau, Tainan City Government, Kuan-Tien District Office, THSRC and Tainan Wild Bird Society together conducted the "2015 Pheasant-tailed Jacana Ecological Festival". On Sep. 27, 2015 at 9:30am, coincidently on the day of Moon Festival, the opening ceremony was held at Tainan Pheasant-tailed Jacana Eco-Educational Nature Park. The theme of this year's festival was "A Jacana Life, A Fresh Start", targeting to send the message of jacana preservation and the concept of protecting the wetland habitat and its wildlife. In the past few years, the Tainan Pheasant-tailed Jacana Eco-Educational Nature Park has expanded its visibility and in 2015, started to work its way deeper into the local community to encourage organic farming. The Park also helped to advertise and sell local organic products and was especially successful with water chestnut rice and water chestnut jelly. In addition, 10% of the earnings of locally produced organic goods will be returned back to the farmers. Due to multiple serious typhoons that have happened this year, many farmers only earned a couple thousands a month. It is really exhausting to earn a living depending on the weather.
The BOHSR team was led by Division Director Jung-Chung Hsu. During his opening speech, he especially addressed the enlightenment of the HSR project operating in harmony with the jacana wildlife which should arouse the public's attention of creating an organic, non-toxic environment. He also expressed gratitude toward the staff, volunteers and participating farmers who all played their significant part to make the Park and Kuan-Tien District a safer habitat for the jacanas and other wildlife. The successful story has been included in BOHSR's environmental education material and will be promoted in future trainings.
The weather of the festival opening ceremony was pleasant but attracted less audience than usual due to the dengue fever situation. Nevertheless, the activities were extremely exciting which included the environmental theater starred The Society of Wilderness and children actors, the Jacana Art Piece Auction by Erh Shi Elementary School and a ninety-year-old lady peeling water chestnuts which attracted the media's attention. The absolute highlight of the ceremony was the auction of the blue working T-shirt signed by Dr. Jane Goodall (there is only one in the world) in which the auctioneer was Ms. Su-Ping Kung of THSRC. After an enthusiastic bidding process, the T-shirt was sold at 30 thousand NT dollars showing astonishing charm of Dr. Goodall. Other activities included ecological games, narrative at the bird-watching house, jacana real-time observation, green market, lucky draws, etc. and the ceremony came to a successful end at 4pm.
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