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25 teams to compete in 2017 Taiwan Birdathon in October

2017/09/26 20:43:36

Photo courtesy of Southwest Coast National Scenic Area Administration

Taipei, Sept. 26 (CNA) A total of 25 teams from Taiwan and abroad will participate in a 24-hour birding race across Yunlin and Chiayi counties and Tainan next month, the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area Administration announced Tuesday.

The 2017 Taiwan Birdathon -- a major attraction for both local and international birders -- will include competitors from six countries -- South Africa, Canada, the United States, the Netherlands, Ecuador and Spain.

Among the participating teams from Taiwan, nine will be reserved for family groups, according to a press release from the administration, which is organizing the event.

The aim of the game is to record the largest number of bird species in a 24-hour timeframe. Each team, consisting of three to four members, will have to travel and compete together in one vehicle.

Between 10:30 a.m. Oct. 28 and 10:30 a.m. the following day, the birders will have to record as many bird species as possible within the boundaries of Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan through the use of a downloadable app called eBird.

The grand prize will go to the top three teams with the largest number of bird species recorded during the event. Meanwhile, a special prize will also be awarded to those with the highest count of birds endemic to Taiwan.

According to the organizer, the mountains and coastlines of Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan offer diverse ecosystems and are home to various types of waterfowl and high elevation bird species, some of which are endemic to Taiwan.

(By Yang Sz-ruei and Ko Lin)