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Jilin Provincial Library holds photo exhibition on Chinese merganser

Chinese merganser, a survivor from the third Ice Age some 10 million years ago, is a species under Class I state protection. With a global population of only 2,000 pairs, the species is also listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species and the International Council for Bird Preservation.


For many years, Jilin province has made vigorous efforts to protect the species, including improving its habitats and restoring and increasing its number. Under the concerted efforts of the government, enterprises, universities, research institutes and social organizations, the state of Chinese mergansers has improved.

Jointly sponsored by the Jilin Provincial Library, Jilin Association of Photographers and Changbai Mountain Association of Photographers, the exhibition was divided into three sections: Ecology, Wild Existence and Protection.

The photos on show were taken by Piao Longguo along the Toudaobaihe, Erdaobaihe, Sandaobaihe, Wudaobaihe, Manjiang, Heihe, Jinjiang, Songjiang, Fu’erhe, Yalu, Tumen and Songhua rivers and at the Baishan Power Station, Hongshi Power Station, and Liangjiang Power Station reservoir areas since the early 1980s, and mainly showed scenes of Chinese merganser migrating to Changbai Mountain every early March and living there until it leaves for southern China in early November.

The exhibition was of both artistical value and ecological value and aimed to underline the importance of biodiversity to environmental protection and human existence.