DONGYING, China, May 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A report by China Daily:
The Yellow River, China’s second-longest waterway, is widely referred to as the country’s “mother river.” Now various species of wild birds join the Chinese in calling the mighty river home as they choose to inhabit the river delta.
Dongying, East China, is considered to be the city where the Yellow River meets the Bohai Sea shandong The province is working to establish a national park at the mouth of the Yellow River to promote ecological protection and high-quality development of the river.
The national park, which will cover 2,152 square kilometers of marine space and 1,371 square kilometers of land, will be the first in the country to have land and sea areas. It will focus on ecological preservation and restoration in the Yellow River basin.
The Yellow River Delta National Conservation Area in the city will be a key component in the construction of the national park.
As the region’s environment has been restored over the past two decades, an increasing number of wild birds have taken refuge in the reserve. The reserve covers approximately 153,000 hectares, with wetlands accounting for more than 70 percent of its total area. It is an important wintering and resting place for migratory birds.
“Birds are very sensitive to the natural environment, and their well-being can reflect environmental conditions. In recent years, the Yellow River Delta National Nature Reserve has observed an increasing number of birds, proving that the ecological environment in the reserve is getting better and better,” said Zhu Shuyu, a wetland researcher at the Administration Office of the Yellow River Delta Nature Reserve.
According to Zhu, the construction of the national park will bring great benefits for wetland conservation and restoration and improve bird habitats.
The national park will also play an important role in protecting and restoring the biodiversity of the Yellow River Delta Liu JingHead of the environmental observatory of the nature reserve.
Liu said the increasing number of breeding birds in the sanctuary shows that ecological systems are improving. She added that the good environment has enriched biodiversity, and according to the Delta Nature Reserve, the wetlands are now home to 1,630 species of wildlife and 685 species of plants.