Welcome to Shanghai Birding, a Web site dedicated to the study and celebration of the birds of Earth’s largest city. Amid the daily activity of 24.2 million people in China’s economic heart, and despite unremitting environmental pressure, a rich collection of birds exists here–445 species in the municipality alone. Parks in the urban center hold many species, but it is the areas along the East China Sea and mouth of the Yangtze River that show the most diversity, especially during migration season. Nearby coastal sites such as Yangkou in Jiangsu and mountainous areas in Zhejiang add to the birding richness of the Shanghai region.
The goal of Shanghai Birding is to connect you, the user of this site, in a closer, more meaningful way to the birds of this region, all for the sake of enjoying and better preserving them. To that end, we offer you a regularly updated blog, a page with the latest sightings, and information on the best birding sites in the region.
With its commanding position near the center of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, Shanghai is more than merely an economic machine–it is also a green city, and a great birding metropolis. Let us, foreigners and Chinese alike, join together to “love-guard” (爱护) the birds of this region and the habitats on which they and we depend.
Thank you for visiting, and happy birding!
Craig Brelsford, Shanghai
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Photo: Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta, Yangkou, Rudong, Jiangsu, 26 Sept. 2014. Yangkou lies 200 km N of Shanghai and is an important point on the East Asian-Australasian Flyway.