Book Talk: The Story of Birdwatching in China

Date : 13 Mar 2018
Time : 7.30pm to 8.30pm
Location : NSS Office

Nature Society (Singapore)
510 Geylang Road
#02-05, The Sunflower
Singapore 389466

Open to the Public

Stretching from the rainforests of Hainan to the teeth-clattering taiga of far north Heilongjiang, China is without a doubt the most biologically diverse country in Asia. China is home to over 1,300 species of birds, including new species only recently discovered for science. Despite these superlatives, birdwatching and the science of ornithology in China started with humble beginnings, and only very recently. Back in the 1980s, there were only a handful of birders and ornithologists in China, notably the late Zheng Zuoxin and a bunch of expatriate birdwatchers. Fast forward thirty years, China now has over 300,000 birdwatching and bird photography enthusiasts, many more birdwatching clubs, and this number continues to rise. The ornithological scene is now vibrant and there are researchers working actively on anything from Spoon-billed Sandpipers and Courtois's Laughingthrushes to China’s many exquisite pheasants. How could three decades make such a big difference? Who are the people driving it? What are the challenges faced by China’s ornithologists and birdwatchers? Author Jennifer Leung explore these questions through her latest book ‘守望飞羽’. Through detailed and personable interviews with a long list of the country’s leading birders, Jennifer skillfully narrates the story of how birdwatching and the bird conservation movement has changed in China is a mere 30 years. 

This talk is hosted by Lim Kim Chuah and Yong Ding Li from the Nature Society (Singapore) Bird Group.

Speaker Profile
Originally from Hong Kong, Jennifer Leung is a full-time writer currently based in Shanghai. Jennifer started off as a journalist in the media industry, but later decided that she should pursue her love for writing beyond that of a day job. Jennifer has since worked on a number of short stories and novels. Not too long ago, she decided to put her interests in birdwatching and writing together (with some field time sacrificed in the process). After exhaustive conversations and exchanges with many of China’s best known ornithologists, birdwatchers and conservationists, her latest book, ‘守望飞羽’finally hit the shelves in late 2017.

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