Korla, Xinjiang: See The City Where Swans Are Fed At A Close Distance

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During New Year’s Day in 2022, more than 500 winter geese are flying over the Peacock River, which has become the best place for citizens and tourists in Korla, Xinjiang to relax during holidays.

Because the local area has implemented caring protection measures for many years, visitors can watch and feed swans from zero distance. The ecological picture of the harmonious coexistence of man and nature is warm. Standing on the bank of the river, you can see swans flying in groups among the buildings in the city, and the sound of flapping wings is heard from time to time; on the Peacock River that passes through the city, the swans are playing and happy, and the citizens on both sides are full of joy.

“Today, there are 523 swans, 378 wild ducks, and 236 other waterbirds such as fishing gulls that are overwintering in the Peacock River.” On the morning of January 2, Reyang Guli, a monitoring member of the Swan Squadron in Korla, told reporters that there were only more than 10 wild swans in 2006.

Rejang Guli said that over the years, the Korla city government has implemented a series of measures to protect wild swans and other waterfowls to live in urban rivers from overwintering. Since 2007, Korla City has set up a swan squadron. The government has implemented special government allowances for winter geese every year and built two small islands in the Peacock River for rare birds to rest.

Swan Squadron monitors every winter, every day they count the number of winter geese and other waterfowl, salvage plastic bags and other harmful debris in the river, and carry out feeding and rescue work.

According to reports, starting from September 2021, the Korla Swan Squadron has strengthened the scientific and refined management of swans and other overwintering waterfowl, organized publicity to prevent citizens from bringing their food for swans, and prohibited feeding swans with rotten and greasy food. , And set up a “swan naan” special sales point on the river bank where the swans inhabit and overwinter to ensure that the geese and other waterfowl eat safe and healthy “white naan” in the winter.