Every year, between September and April next year, large flocks of an endangered species, the "Black-faced Spoonbills", visit Taiwan to spend the winter here. In 2011, the global population of Black-faced Spoonbills was approximately 2,600, with 1,500, or more than half of the population, appearing in Tainan. Since being founded on December 28, 2009, the Taijiang National Park headquarters has been dedicated to strengthening relevant conservation and research efforts, and the "Becoming Acquainted with Black-faced Spoonbill" event is also organized annually before they arrive in Taiwan or before they return north, so as to promote the Black-faced Spoonbill and the concept of sustainable habitat through the edutainment approach.
December 6th, 2011, held the inauguration of the Shoushan National Nature Park, the first to be established entirely by the efforts of the civilian conservation groups, marking a new page in the history of Taiwan’s biological conservation and environmental education.The elevation of the status of the Shoushan Park into National Park level was the dream of Den-Yi Wu, former Mayor of Kaohsiung and current Premier of the R.O.C. In the October of 2009, during his survey of the disaster damage in Southern Taiwan, Mayor Chen Chu also requested the transformation of Shoushan into a national park. The CPAMI immediately began the work of site surveying, evaluation and planning for the national Nature park.
The Cigu Lagoon is the remnant of the waters of Taijiang, which provides a habitat for thriving tidal flat plants such as mangroves, sea purslane and algae, as well as mudskipper, fiddler crabs and water birds. Each year, tens of thousands of migratory birds pass through here; even endangered species such as black faced spoonbills visit Cigu to take shelter from the winter!
Taiwan has a mountainous terrain, with 76 mountains 3,000 m and higher above sea level distributed in its national parks. Taiwan is also adorned with various rugged landscapes like volcanic terrains, glacial remains and magnificent canyons. In recent years the famous mountains around Taiwan have become popular spots for outdoor excursions. Yangmingshan, Guanwushan and Daishueishan are mountains close to urban centers, easily accessible during weekends. However, the increasing popularity of mountain sports also means that similar attention must be paid to raising people’s basic knowledge of mountain climbing and safety management.
Penghu is formed by a number of islands and islets. Aside from the Huaping Isle on the most western part of Penghu, each island and islet is home to famed basaltic rock and volcanic geological environment. These include sea caves, sea trenches, wave-cut platform, marine stack and others, forming Penghu’s magnificent geological ecosystem and nurturing abundant undersea resources.