BEIJING, April 30 -- Thousands of migratory birds are expected to spend about six weeks in the Yalu Jiang Kou Coastal Marsh National Nature Reserve in Dandong, a northeast city that borders the Democratic People’s Republic of KOREA, between April and May.
Soundbites: Yan Meifang, Administration Chief of the Environmental Protection Agency of Dandong Nature Reserve "Those birds, coming from New Zealand and Australia, will stay here to ‘refuel' for about one and a-half months. They will then continue on their way to breeding areas in Alaska and Siberia.
"The birds fly about one week from the southern hemisphere, traveling about 6,500 kilometers. When they arrive at Yalujiangkou, they have lost half their weight. But they are refueling and recovering in the marsh nature reserve."
The reserve, covering 100,000 hectares, has rich water resources, a unique location and a superior environment. It is also a rare biodiversity site, with 365 plants, 250 wild birds and 76 types of fish.
Xinhua News Agency correspondents reporting from Dandong.