Episode 21: Birds and Biodiversity in Beijing

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For this episode we explore the birds and biodiversity of the nation’s capital with Beijing-based conservationist, Terry Townshend.

Mei and Terry talk about the remarkable Beijing swift, China’s birding boom and a rising awareness of conservation in the country’s public and political spheres.  

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Episode Overview:

  • 00:28 – Introduction to Terry Townshend 
  • 01:53 – Biodiversity in Beijing 
  • 09:49 – Other biodiverse species found in Beijing 
  • 11:50 – Insects in Beijing 
  • 13:36 – The Beijing Swift 
  • 18:41 – Where do Beijing Swifts go when they leave Beijing 
  • 25:58 – Local Beijing schools work with Beijing Swift conservation  
  • 31:47 – Birding interest across China 
  • 34:35 – How access to knowledge/information has changed 
  • 38:06 – What China is doing for the environment 
  • 39:28 – COP 15 in Kunming 
  • 41:07 – WildChina’s early 2000s ABA birding trip 
  • 41:42 – Baihualing, Yunnan 
  • 43:04 – Terry’s China birding trip itinerary  
  • 43:55 – The Yellow Sea migration 
  • 44:44 – Tracking the migration of the Bar-tailed Godwit 
  • 47:32 – Sichuan’s temperate forest 
  • 49:06 – Wuerqihan, Inner Mongolia 
  • 50:02 – More resources and socials for Terry 

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Terry Townshend
Terry Townshend, Wildlife Conservation Expert
Birds and Biodiversity in Beijing
Episode 21: Birds and Biodiversity in Beijing
Birds and Biodiversity in Beijing
Episode 21: Birds and Biodiversity in Beijing
Birds and Biodiversity in Beijing
Episode 21: Birds and Biodiversity in Beijing