Sketch of Archilife Study Tour, April 2017
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For the study tour of April 15, 2017, Ms. Lu Ming-yun led five ARF interns and their parents on a tour to Guanyinshan to learn about the birds of prey, and the local history and culture. At the start of the day's activities, team leader Ms. Lu Ming-yun reminded everyone about things to note and what to observe, and provided the interns some general background knowledge.
Organized by the Wild Bird Society, the objective of the event was to promote and educate the public on providing an environment where migrating birds of prey could rest in peace and exist in harmony with human beings. The itinerary began with the tour guide explaining the formation of Guanyinshan. Next, everyone walked along the Treetop Walkway into the forest, coming into close proximity with low-altitude canopy. Along the way, the tour guide introduced the forest form and surrounding tree species. Focusing on a particular fig tree, the tour guide explained the differences between Ficus pumila var. awkeotsang and Ficus pumila, allowing the interns to further understand plant mutation and hybridization. Everyone continued to walk to Kaishan Mansion and Lengyange. The former was built by the second-generation abbot of Lingyun Buddhist Temple while the latter was built by his oldest disciple. Both buildings were built during the Japanese Occupation using stones from Guanyinshan. They're unique religious buildings that feature a fusion of different styles of architecture, including the Indian-style domed roof, southern Fujian-style corridors and Baroque-style façade.
Upon returning to the event venue, a member of the Wild Bird Society explained the reasons, method and route for the migration of the birds of prey. It is commonly believed that as autumn approaches and the climate becomes harsh and food is insufficient, these birds of prey migrate to the south where food is abundant while they await the warmer weather in spring when they will fly back north to mate and nest. The larger birds have wings that are over one meter long when fully spread out. Utilizing thermal, these birds are able to save energy and glide across the sky, allowing them to fly higher and further. Observing birds of prey and Taiwan barbet through a telescope at the eagle viewing platform, everyone was thrilled to see the splendor of the birds as they flew low over the skyline.
After lunch, everyone went to the briefing room and watched a documentary film about the Oriental honey buzzards of Ninety-nine Peaks. The documentary film is a detailed record of the ecology of the Oriental honey buzzards and their relationship with the bee farms. At the end of the film, the director shared his interesting experience of filming the birds. He conveyed the difficulties of filming and tracking the birds through many photos, and answered everyone's questions, providing interns a deeper understanding of the Oriental honey buzzards. At that point, the day's activities came to an end, everyone took a photo together before going their separate ways and looked forward to the next study tour.