The 3rd China International Birding Festival, 20-22 October 2017 – Call For Teams!

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(Source: birdingbeijing.com)

The China Birdwatching Society has just announced that the 3rd China International Birding Festival will take place around Laotieshan in Lushun District, Dalian, from 20-22 October 2017.  Sponsored by the State Forestry Administration and Dalian Municipal People’s Government, the festival aims to promote birding and wildlife conservation as well as celebrating the world-class migration hosted by Lushun every spring and autumn along the East Asian Flyway.  The centrepiece will be a 24-hr “bird race” involving teams of up to four people.

The opening ceremony of the 1st festival was interrupted by low-flying Oriental Honey Buzzards!

It’s a fabulous way to promote birding.  The local government, especially the local governor, Mr Yi, deserves great credit for supporting the establishment of what has become the premier annual birding event in China.  You can read about the 1st and 2nd festivals here and here.  This year’s event will be covered by local and national media and it promises to be the biggest yet..

Lushun governor, Mr Yi, toasting “The Foreign Flappers” at the opening dinner in 2016.
Laotieshan is situated at the southern tip of the Liaodong peninsula in Liaoning Province. Just one look at the geographical position will tell any birder it must be a brilliant place for autumn migration. And it is!

With a mouth-watering array of species possible, including Baikal Teal, Oriental Stork, Streaked Shearwater, Japanese Sparrowhawk, White’s Thrush, Mugimaki Flycatcher and Yellow-breasted Bunting, the festival will produce some top quality birding.  For those interested in participating, the local government will cover transfers to and from the airport in Dalian, the accommodation cost and most meals.  Participants must pay their own travel costs to Dalian.

Teams from outside China are welcome to participate and registration is now open.  There are a limited number of spaces so, if you are interested, please contact Rita on email: h12@wbag.org or on telephone +86 18600686862 before the deadline of 12 August.

To register, simply provide the following information: Organisation (if any), Team Name and then, for each participant, the full name, gender, age, WeChat ID (if any), Telephone number, ID or passport number and flight/train arrival/departure times.

Laotieshan is famous for its passage of Oriental Honey Buzzards. Peak passage will have passed by the time of the festival but it’s a species that should be recorded by most teams.

Good luck to everyone participating and see you there!

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