Self intro-the story of me and wetlands.

My grandparents, uncles, and aunts live in Yancheng, and during my childhood, I frequently visited our hometown with my parents to visit relatives and friends. Yancheng, located on the coast of the Yellow Sea, spans over 500 square kilometers of tidal wetlands, home to Jiangsu’s only UNESCO World Natural Heritage site – the Yellow Sea and Bohai Sea shorebird habitat. It also boasts two nationally designated natural reserves for red-crowned cranes and elk. In my early years, the vast expanses of reeds and grass, along with the unique creatures of the tidal wetlands, captivated me. I often joined my friends in collecting snails, catching small crabs, and digging up clams on the resilient wetland grounds. These are some of my fondest childhood memories.

As I grew older, I delved into subjects like geography, history, and biology. I read the “World’s Top Ten Wetlands” series, watched documentaries like “Man and Nature” and “Wild Weekends,” and studied the works of Li Daoyuan’s “Commentary on the Water Classic” and Xu Xiake’s “Travel Diaries.” The interplay between history and reality broadened my horizons and deepened my understanding of the significance of wetlands in ecology, economics, and societal development. I realized that harmonious coexistence between humans and nature is a fundamental pursuit of human civilization. From then on, my interest in environmental protection evolved into a sense of responsibility.

During high school, with guidance and assistance from my parents and relevant experts, I conducted research expeditions in the Yellow Sea Wetlands. I assessed the state of local conservation efforts, interviewed residents, and spoke to experts and personnel working in the reserves. This endeavor provided me with a wealth of first-hand data. The remarkable achievements of the reserves filled me with excitement, but the challenges faced by the local residents in their daily lives also concerned me. This heightened my sense of duty and responsibility.

I wrote a letter to the Mayor of Yancheng, addressing the difficulties faced by the indigenous people living in the reserves and offering my suggestions on the scientific conservation and sustainable use of ecological resources(Letter of Advice to the Mayor of Yancheng City – Liangdong Jin (jldjone.com)). Simultaneously, I utilized my parents’ network of contacts and coordinated various resources. I produced two documentaries, “The Legend of Elk” and “Beautiful Wetlands,” which were well-received when shared through online video platforms. I am currently planning the third documentary, “Unsung Heroes.”

Interest is the best mentor and the driving force behind research. In my study within the Yellow Sea Wetland Protection Area, I observed a peculiar paradox: the conscientious care of staff and the tranquil living environment had caused some survival skills to be lost in the sika deer and red-crowned cranes. Isolated from the local environment, how can conservationists ensure the adaptability of endangered species to their biological and environmental surroundings? Inspired by this, I collaborated with the reserve’s staff on a “Return to Nature” project, a complex engineering system in which sika deer are released into the wild at an appropriate age and survival ability and are regularly monitored. I learned how to use microchips and drones to track them and assess their health based on observable characteristics. I also observed some common challenges: the released sika deer often clashed with local residents, and during food shortages, competition among the deer intensified, leading to adverse consequences. To address these contradictions, I worked with wetland researchers to redesign the sika deer’s habitat, moving them closer to water sources. The aquatic plants and reeds that grow near water sources provided a stable food source, with their growth rate and seasonal abundance exceeding that of berries and grasses on land, thereby reducing conflict incidents.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Nature is our best and closest mother; what she says we should do.” In the future, my story with nature will continue to evolve and head towards a brighter future.

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