The guardians of biodiversity: Protecting the ‘energy station’ for the Asian dowitcher

Editor’s Note: Everyone can be a guardian of biodiversity conservation. In China, these guardians contribute to biodiversity conservation in their own unique ways. Follow “the Guardians of Biodiversity” video series to have a look at these adorable animals and learn about these guardians’ protection efforts.

In this video, we focus on the Asian dowitcher as May 22 marks the 24th International Day for Biological Diversity.

The Asian dowitcher is a shorebird with a long bill just like a bubble tea straw. When feeding, it plunges its long bill into the mud like a sewing machine. Every spring, nearly all the Asian dowitchers worldwide visit Lianyungang, East China’s Jiangsu province, to refuel for their long-distance migration. Click the video to get a closer look at these cuties and see how Friends of Nature, an NGO in China, get involved in species protection.