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Sidelight of the Come to Taijiang to Search for the File of Black-Faced Spoonbill event for the “Fil
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The public art at the entrance of the Black-faced Spoonbill Watching Pavilion
It's fall and black-faced spoonbills are visiting the Taijiang National Park again. In addition to the Season of the Black-Faced Spoonbill in Taijiang event in the end of October, the Taijiang National Park Headquarters held the “Come to Taijiang to Search for the File of Black-Faced Spoonbill” event at the Black-faced Spoonbill Watching Pavilion from November 10 to 11, 2018, to respond to the Files and Memories event organized by the National Archives Administration National Development Council. I wondered what does the black-faced spoonbill have to do with the national file. After taking part in the event, Blue realized that the black-faced spoonbill is closely connected with the file.

Black-faced Spoonbill Watching Pavilion and Black-faced Spoonbill
On November 11, I didn't stay home shopping online but went to the Black-faced Spoonbill Watching Pavilion in Qigu for the “Come to Taijiang to Search for the File of Black-Faced Spoonbill” event at 11 am. The Black-faced Spoonbill Watching Pavilion is located next to the large wetlands extending from the downstream of Zengwun River to the north side of the estuary. The wetlands are the first habitat for the black-faced spoonbill spending winter in Taiwan. It is also the primary habitat in Taiwan for the black-faced spoonbill, which flies back in flocks every year. The Black-faced Spoonbill Watching Pavilion has an indoor exhibition room for the files of black-faced spoonbill. It also has a birdwatching shed and a birdwatching wall. Birdwatchers can observe the birds here without disturbing the birds. I was here early, so I went to the birdwatching shed to view the birds.
 
The Taijiang National Park Headquarters set up a high-powered telescope and a high-powered camera in the birdwatching shed for people to watch the birds clearly. On that day, one of them faced the flocks of Caspian terns and another one faced over 100 black-faced spoonbills. Every year I heard the news on the black-faced spoonbill visiting Taiwan in winter but I’ve never seen them until that day. They stood straight in the wetlands, resting or preening. The telescope revealed their cuteness.

The guidepost at the Black-faced Spoonbill Watching Pavilion for the habitat of black-faced spoonbill around the world
A guidepost was located at the entrance of the Black-faced Spoonbill Watching Pavilion. One might wonder what do these places have to do with Qigu? In fact, these are the wintering and breeding grounds for the black-faced spoonbill.

Visitors watched birds through the telescope
Staff of the Taijiang National Park set up a telescope to provide a clear view of birds for visitors.

Parents and kids enjoyed birdwatching together
Many parents took their kids here for birdwatching.

The birdwatching wall next to the Black-faced Spoonbill Watching Pavilion
It is the birdwatching wall next to the Black-faced Spoonbill Watching Pavilion.

The black mangrove forest next to the Black-faced Spoonbill Watching Pavilion
People can view the black mangrove forest next to the Black-faced Spoonbill Watching Pavilion.

Black-faced spoonbills resting in the wetland
Outside the black mangrove forest, over 100 black-faced spoonbills rested in the wetlands about 500 m away from the Black-faced Spoonbill Watching Pavilion.


Come to Taijiang to Search for the File of Black-Faced Spoonbill
The Archives Month activity was held in November 2018 by the National Archives Administration National Development Council. The theme of the event is “Files and Memories.” To respond to the Archives Month activity, the “Come to Taijiang to Search for the File of Black-Faced Spoonbill” event was held in the Taijiang National Park. Eight sessions were available from November 10 to 11.

Ms. Lu, a volunteer of the event, presented the importance of the file and the archive method, the files of Taijiang National Park and black-faced spoonbill, and the use of reference files to visitors in a simple and profound way. Various data on black-faced spoonbill and the introduction of the study file helped people understand more about the black-faced spoonbill. I was able to gain the basic concept of these topics in 15 minutes. She did a great job. Visitors enjoyed the quiz contest, checked-in on Facebook, clicked like to get rewards and joined the black-faced spoonbill DIY event. I think this event in the Taijiang National Park was successful.


People joined the event actively.
The files of black-faced spoonbill were displayed in the Black-faced Spoonbill Watching Pavilion. Most parts of the “Come to Taijiang to Search for the File of Black-Faced Spoonbill” event were held in the Black-faced Spoonbill Watching Pavilion. People joined the event actively.

The volunteer of the Interpretation and Education Section explained the file of black-faced spoonbill.
Ms. Lu, a volunteer docent of the Taijiang National Park, guided visitors to learn about the file of the black-faced spoonbill.

Archives - the mascot of the event
Archives is the mascot of the “Come to Taijiang to Search for the File of Black-Faced Spoonbill” event. Check-in to the event, take a picture with the Archives and click like on Facebook to get a useful strawberry recycled bag.

Visitors checked-in to the event
After Ms. Lu explained the file of the black-faced spoonbill, lots of visitors checked-in to the event.

Visitors joined the black-faced spoonbill DIY event
Visitors of this event can also join the black-faced spoonbill DIY event. The volunteer docent of the Taijiang National Park taught visitors to make a black-faced spoonbill and visitors can bring it home.

The black-faced spoonbill visitors made
These are two black-faced spoonbills made by the participants.

People stayed about two hours in the Black-faced Spoonbill Watching Pavilion. They observed the black-faced spoonbill and Caspian tern through the telescope. They also joined the “Come to Taijiang to Search for the File of Black-Faced Spoonbill” event organized by the Taijiang National Park to learn about the black-faced spoonbill and files. At last, they made black-faced spoonbills as souvenirs. Visitors gained a lot from the tour in Taijiang! During the migratory season (October to March every year), volunteers of the Taijiang National Park explained information to visitors from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm every day at the Black-faced Spoonbill Watching Pavilion. Volunteers of the Taijiang National Park set up high-powered telescopes for visitors. Everyone is welcome to look for the black-faced spoonbill!


Traffic information
Traffic information for the Black-faced Spoonbill Watching Pavilion in Qigu: 305km from the southbound exit Provincial Highway No. 61 to Shifen Interchange. Turn west and drive 3.5km to the Black-faced Spoonbill Watching Pavilion. A parking lot is available in front of the Black-faced Spoonbill Watching Pavilion. Visitors can also take Taiwan Tourist Shuttle No.99 at the Tainan HSR Station.