Welcome to shanghaibirding.com, a Web site dedicated to the study and celebration of the birds of Earth’s Largest City. Amid the daily activity of 25 million people in China’s economic heart, and despite unremitting environmental pressure, a rich collection of birds exists here–445 species in the city-province 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 in Jiangsu and mountainous areas in Zhejiang add to the birding richness of the Shanghai region.
The goal of this Web site is to connect you, the user, to the birds of Shanghai, the better that you may enjoy and wish to preserve them. To that end, we offer you a steady stream of posts, information on the best birding sites in the region, and reports on our travels throughout China.
With its commanding position near the center of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, Shanghai is more than 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, Elaine Du, and Tiny
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Photo: Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta, one of many species of shorebird that pass through Shanghai, Earth’s Largest City. (Craig Brelsford)