It’s the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!
April 22 is Earth Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about and celebrating the importance of protecting our planet and all the life it supports. So today, we at CWBF would like to wish everyone a happy Earth Day, and introduce you the world’s most endangered seabird, the Chinese Crested Tern (CCT). With its global population estimated to be less than 100, the IUCN Red Book lists the CCT as critically endangered (CR). It was even considered extinct after having no clear record of it for 60 years, and had earned the name the “Mythical Bird” locally. Yet like magic, one day it was spotted by accident in Taiwan’s Matsu Archipelago in 2000. Currently, the bird has stable breeding populations in the Matsu and Penghu Archipelagos. Also, en route to their breeding sites, CCTs will even stopover on Taiwan proper. They did so just this year in Tainan! These secretive terns will often hide amongst bigger flocks of Great Crested Terns, so you really need to be on the lookout for them.
We hope that in the future, food sources and habitat necessary for the CCT population to grow can improve, ensuring that these birds won’t become a thing legend in the future.
@ Earth Day Intro
On April 22, 1970, people took to the streets on behalf of the environment, demanding a sustainable future.
On April 22, 2020, Civic action continues and requires everyone's participation.
Earth Day 2020’s theme is "Comprehensive Action". To help the Earth, let’s all ask ourselves what more can we can do to help?