To control the ever-increasing African sacred ibis population, the Forestry Bureau and the Chinese Wild Bird Federation held an explanatory meeting on May 27, 2016 and a consensus was reached amongst all parties regarding small-scale and experimental action to control the ibis population at Hanbao, Changhua from as early as June. The initial approach will not involve catching mature birds but will involve destroying nests and removing eggs to control the growth in the ibis population.
Action to Control the African sacred ibis to start as early as June
The Forestry Bureau and the Chinese Wild Bird Federation held an explanatory meeting at Taipei NGO Center on May 27, 2016. Experts and scholars including Professor Lin Yao-sung (retired), professor Yuan Hsiao-wei and assistant professor Ting Tsung-su of National Taiwan University, professors Wang Ying (retired) and Li Shou-hsien of National Taiwan Normal University, associate professor Huang Chen-hsiang of National Tsing Hua University, as well as members of the Wild Bird Society of Taoyuan, the Society of Wilderness and a few more conservation groups, were invited. There were no objections at the meeting with regards to the direction and method of African sacred ibis population control and the public also affirmed the putting forward of a suitable control method based on scientific survey and collection and analysis of data by the government and for continuing to monitor the ibis population and communicating with various quarters.
Dual approach - Active control of population and prevention advocacy
The Forestry Bureau stated that action to control the African sacred ibis will be taken as early as June at the location with the largest population, Hanbao in Changhua. Initially, mature birds will not be removed; drones will be used to locate nests and with not injuring the birds as the precondition, but eggs will be removed and the nests destroyed to control the ibis population’s growth. As well as taking direct control action, an ibis population survey will be carried out in coastal wetland areas simultaneously by bird societies to ascertain the number and distribution of the ibises. At the meeting experts suggested, and won Forestry Bureau approval for, the carrying out of monitoring research including population sensitivity analysis and construction of a population species analysis model in the experimental period. A follow-up meeting will be held to discuss the results of the experiment in the second half of the year to decide the phase 2 prevention method. City/county governments and forest district offices across Taiwan will also continue to hold invasive alien species prevention advocacy events to raise the public's awareness of this issue.
Report the location of African sacred ibis nests to help control the population
The Forest Bureau stresses that last year three African sacred ibis breeding areas were observed, namely Guandu, Taipei, Da-an, Taichung and Hanbao, Changhua. However, the existence of other nesting areas is not ruled out. If members of the public find what they suspect to be African sacred ibis nests, they are asked to call the Forestry Bureau’s toll-free line 0800-057-930 ext. 7 or the Chinese Wild Bird Federation on (02) 8663-1252 to report the location to allow it to be dealt with.