An unexpected visitor: The Siberian white crane in Jinshan


Bird-Watching in Jinshan




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May 6, 2022 - 4:29am

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This picture shows Taiwanese people gathering around a lotus farm in Jinshan District to watch birds. The protagonist in front of the camera is not an ordinary bird in the countryside but an endangered white crane from Siberian. Bird lovers brought their telescopes and the long-focus lens but suddenly learned that the white crane could be photographed with a mobile phone; the huge and distinguished guest from the arctic region is not afraid of people. 


From 2014 to 2016, the Siberian white crane settled on this farm and the nearby wetland, which successfully attracted urban people to Jinshan for tourism, and induced a series of social activists and local leaders engaged in regional revitalization. Jinshan used to be part of the rice cultivation region before 1970. Due to the rural-urban migration and the fall in grain price, crop production gradually declined in the countryside in Taiwan, and Jinshan was no exception. In the eyes of the previous politicians, the main problems that needed to be managed in this rural area were people and industries for many years. Since the arrival of the Siberian white crane and the follow-up media coverage, the public began to discuss the farm’s land use and natural resources management. Farmland in Jinshan is not merely discovered but manufactured in a sustainable or environmentally friendly context.

This essay will figure out the different “nature” in the discourse of national spatial planning, agri-food education, and ecological conservation by inquiring into the “farm” imagined by multiple actors. 


Jinshan New Taipei City

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Anonymous, "An unexpected visitor: The Siberian white crane in Jinshan", contributed by Pan, Mi, Disaster STS Network, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 15 June 2022, accessed 13 August 2022.