The HSR Pheasant-tailed Jacana Conservation Project was initiated according to the EIA of HSR in 1999, consisting 15 hectares of pheasant-tailed jacana restoration habitat in Guantian District, Tainan City. 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 of COA, Executive Yuan and THSRC. Currently, the authorities have authorized Wild Bird Society of Tainan to be in charge of operation and management of the park. As a result of the success of the rehabilitation, the rehabilitation area was renamed as “Pheasant-tailed Jacana Eco-Educational Nature Park” in 2007 and was also opened to the public. In addition to jacana rehabilitation work, the park management units also promoted environmental protection and ecological conservation concepts to farmers and the public. At that time, there was a need for a large number of volunteers to support the activities related to the promotion, guided tours, habitat arranging, investigation and other work so from 2007 on, the park started volunteer training. Through training activities, the park tried to let more interested people understand the importance of jacana conservation and start from basic understanding to taking more positive environmental actions. Therefore, the staff in the park put the annual volunteer training as one of the focuses of the park. Each year, the first volunteer training camp would be implemented in April, the beginning of the jacana breeding season.
This year, the four-day volunteer training was held on April 8, 9, 15 and 16. 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 BOHSR as the cosponsoring unit providing event-opening and staff support. In the training, there were 19 participants from all walks of life, mostly retired teachers and students. Being a lover of the environment and jacana conservation, the participants devoted themselves into this field.
BOHSR has been actively involved in jacana conservation and environmental education for many years and attached great importance to volunteer training. The bureau representative― Chief Yu-Chun Chen gave a speech in the opening ceremony to express gratitude to participants of their participation, contribution and intentions toward the environment. He also shared the origin of the jacana park and the high-speed rail project, anticipating that the jacanas can become the environmental indicators of Guantian area with the help of volunteers. The park's achievements will also be as a model of Taiwan's conservation sector. The section chief finally encouraged people to support conservation work and create a friendly environment for the earth.