Jiushan Islands. /韭山列岛。[Photo by Yang Zhonghua]杨忠华摄
By Gou Wen
Located in the East Sea, the Jiushan Islands are 18.5 kilometers away from Changzuitou. The main protected species here are large yellow croaker, finless porpoise, and various seabirds, who form a harmonious and balanced marine reef ecosystem.
Jiushan is also home to Chinese crested terns. Not long ago, they returned from south, and the researchers on the island spotted the "legendary bird" again. As the most rare bird in China, the Chinese crested tern is listed in the Red List of Threatened Species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. At present, the global population of this bird is no more than 150.
In order to retain the "legendary bird", Zhejiang launched a project to attract Chinese crested terns. At least 110 Chinese crested terns have been hatched in the Xiangshan Jiushan Islands National Nature Reserve, accounting for nearly 80% globally and making it the largest breeding site of Chinese crested terns in the world.