Savoring Yundang Lake's mangrove trees

2018-04-11

Adam: I read recently that the mangroves in Yundang Lake really make an environmental and recreational difference.

亚当:我读了一些关于筼筜湖红树林的报道。似乎在环境和休闲方面,红树林对筼筜湖产生了很大的影响。

 

Li Mei: You're right, they've made a huge difference since 1999, when the mangrove ecosystem of this inland lake was restored.

李梅:它们的确如此。事实上,这个内陆湖周边的红树林生态圈是直到1999年才开始修复的。

 

Adam: Restored? Seems there is a story behind the tree.

修复?感觉这些树木背后有故事。

 

Li Mei: The lake was originally a harbor and one of the city's main fishing ports. In the 1970s, it was transformed into an inland lake alongside a land reclamation project.

筼筜港,也就是筼筜湖的前身,曾经是厦门的一个重要渔港,和海相接。在70年代,因为围海造田工程,变成了一个内陆湖。

 

Adam: That must have been a huge change for the area's ecosystem.

那对这片区域的生态系统肯定产生了很大的影响。

 

Li Mei: You're right, mangroves are best suited for brackish water so they were deeply affected and their acreage decreased abruptly. As a result, fish and birds left the area.

你说得对。适应于盐水的红树林首当其冲,它们的覆盖面积在迅速缩减,最后鱼和鸟也消失了。

 

Adam: What a pity. Mangroves can also defend against typhoons by stabilizing the coastline.

真的太可惜了。据了解红树林还能够抵御风暴,固定海岸线。

 

Li Mei: You're right. All of those reasons are why the restoration project began in 1999.

是的。因为上述种种原因,所以从1999年初,修复工程就开始了。

 

Adam: The flourishing mangroves today must have really boosted the lake's biodiversity because I often see egrets flying over the trees and fish swimming in the water.

 

如今茂密生长的红树林一定促进了生物多样性的复兴,因为我经常看到白鹭在树头盘旋,鱼儿在水里遨游。

 

Li Mei: The restoration has been a boon. Mangrove coverage around the lake now tops 30,000 square meters and is still expanding. Four local bird spotters recently counted nearly 700 birds from 35 different species within half an hour.

这个修复是很有成效的。现在湖周边的红树林覆盖面积已经达到了3万平方米,而且还在不断地扩大。根据当地的一家观鸟协会,在半个小时里,四个人观测到35类鸟,有700多只。

 

Adam: Those are some inspiring numbers.

数据真的是振奋人心啊!

 

Li Mei: Especially for residents who live near the lake, which is a great place to explore by boat or for jogging  or walking along the lakeside's zigzag paths.

这些数据对于住在湖边的居民,特别鼓舞人心啊。他们可以乘船巡视这些树木,也可以在弯弯曲曲的湖边林荫路上慢跑或者散步。

 

By Shaowen Sun

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