The work and duties in Tainan Pheasant-tailed Jacana Eco-Educational Nature Park is mainly implemented by a task force formed by members from Tainan City Government, BOHSR, the Forestry Bureau and THSRC. Currently, the authorities have authorized Wild Bird Society of Tainan with 5 specialized staffs to be in charge of operation and management of the park. The task force and initiated park duties including habitat preparation, environment arrangement, park tour guidance, environmental education training, emergency rescue, investigation and patrol and Jacana conservation work. Due to excessive and heavy workload of park duties, there was constant lack of manpower. Ever since the initiation of habitat creation in 1999, volunteer recruitment has been conducted periodically and has become the major manpower for park duties. After official opening of the park in 2007 and commencement of environmental education trainings in 2011, more and more volunteers were needed to assist in promoting activities, tour guidance, habitat restoration and investigation and patrol work. Via volunteer training, the staff can introduce important concepts of jacana preservation where the volunteers will first understand the concepts and further carry out proactive environmental actions in their personal lives. Seeing the jacana park as a conservation resource center and the jacanas as an umbrella species, we will take forward toward friendly farming, accompanying community farmers, and create a sustainable developing “ecological”, “productive” and “living” Satoyama ecology. The ecology will allow human and ecology to exist in harmony and assist the Council of Agriculture to take forward friendly farming to communities. In consequence, the park has listed volunteer trainings as a highlight in its annual plans ever since 2011 and the first session of volunteer training each year has been set in April during the initiation of peasant-tailed jacana’s breading season.
In 2016, the four-day volunteer training was held on April 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th. The trainees have to complete all four days of training and pass an ultimate test in order to obtain the volunteer training certification. This year’s training was hosted by Wild Bird Society of Tainan with Tainan City Government and the Forestry Bureau as supervising units and BOHSR as the cosponsoring unit providing event-opening and staff support. In the training, there were 15 participants from all walks of life, mostly retired teachers and students from National University of Tainan. Being a lover of the environment and jacana conservation, the participants devoted themselves into this field hoping jacanas and other species can coexist with humans together on this piece of land to continue to “Roost and Breed” (survive and reproduce).
With value to the importance of volunteer training in environmental conservation, BOHSR not only has actively participated in jacana preservation and environmental education over the years but has also sent representatives each year to help with volunteer trainings. This year, the bureau sent Section Chief Yu-Chun Chen of the Sixth Division to the event this year which he gave a speech in the opening ceremony to express gratitude to participants of their participation, contribution and intentions toward the environment. Moreover, he encouraged all with a quote from Dr. Jane Goodall in her speech at the park when she was 80 years old, “Once vowed, lifelong a volunteer”, to let the Eco-Educational Nature Park to continue to transfer the concept of coexistence of all kinds and become a spiritual bastion of Taiwan's environmental conservation society.