How can Momoge become a bird paradise?

Updated: 2017-09-30
(chinadaily.com.cn)

Momoge, known as a bird paradise, is a National Natural Reserve in Northeast China's Jilin province and has been listed as Ramsar wetlands of international importance.

Surprisingly, the place was completely different years ago from what it is now.

A 1998 floodand a drought that lasted for several years shrunk the wetlands.

Also, with human activities such as oil exploitation and farming, the varieties and numbers of birds here drastically decreased in the years following the drought.

To help Momoge return to its original beauty, Jilin province has taken a series of measures to protect and maintain the wetlands.

Through water replenishment projects, the degraded wetlands have recovered with abilities to adapt to climate change and resist sands.

The government has also, together with the Reserve, developed a clean and safe production model in oil exploitation field.

After many years of efforts, the vegetation coverage rate of the wetlands has increased a lot and has again become an ideal habitat for birds.

Gradually, more and more birds started inhabiting here, and now Momoge is home to nearly 300 species of birds, many of which are protected nationally.

Better yet, more than 3,800 of the total 4,000-odd rare white cranes in the world come and inhabit here every spring and autumn.

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