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Taiwan seeks South Korea's cooperation in tracking rare birds

2012/05/08 15:47:49

Taipei, May 8 (CNA) National park officials in southern Taiwan have expressed the hope that they can collaborate with South Korea on tracking migratory black-faced spoonbills by satellite, and are scheduled to leave for South Korea in June to discuss the matter.

As the border area between North and South Korea is a known breeding habitat of the bird, officials from the Taijiang National Park in Tainan County have proposed attaching satellite transmitters to two of the rare birds to learn more about their migratory patterns.

During the upcoming trip, the officials will ask South Korean experts and academics to transmit their proposal to the South Korean government.

According to the national park officials, wireless transmitters have already been attached to four black-faced spoonbills and satellite transmitters to two of the endangered birds in Taiwan.

Wireless transmitters can only track the birds domestically, while satellite transmitters can track them in areas outside Taiwan, said officials from the park, which is an important habitat for the black-faced spoonbills.

(By Chang Jung-hsiang and Ann Chen)