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"Looking for a Natural habitat for Chinese White Dolphins" - SWIS Dolphin Club 2018 Guangxi Chinese White Dolphins Winter Camp
The protection of species and biodiversity is based not only on economic, scientific, aesthetic, and cultural needs but more importantly on a new ethic, each of which has the right to continue to survive in the natural ecosystem and environment. If human beings continue to trample on our partners who have helped us in the long-term evolution process, regardless of our long-term interests, our children and grandchildren will be caught in a state of poverty caused by these harsh environments. (Selected from the end of the Chinese White Dolphin Science Museum in Qinzhou)
From December 20th to 28th, 2018, members of the SWIS Dolphin Club and other ardor SWIS students went to Sanniang Bay, Qinzhou, Guangxi to open a nature education tour with the theme of "Looking for a Natural Habitat for Chinese White Dolphins". Explore the complex relationship of "population-land-wildlife" together. This life education course is organized by a well-known biology leader and a research team led by Professor Pan Wenshi of Peking University.
They designed a wonderful curriculum that integrates scientific knowledge, life education and entertaining lessons. The children were divided into three groups: the Dolphin Group, the Seagull Group, and the Conch Group. The first time they investigated out in the open sea, they were looking for the Chinese White Dolphin and Shadu Island. Then the students had their first close contact with the dolphins. In the general education class and lessons, the students visited the Qinzhou White Dolphin Science Museum to study the habitat of Chinese white dolphins and the biodiversity of shallow seas. The Dafeng River alternates with the mixture of sea and fresh water and rich marine biodiversity. The beautiful Sanniang Bay has become an ideal habitat for the Chinese white dolphins because of its unique, natural and geographical conditions.
Afterward, the students joined humanitarian, scientific and environmental groups according to their personal interests and characteristics, and followed the leading teachers to carry out different research tasks. The humanitarian group visited the Qinzhou Port under the leadership of Ms. Pan Yue and experienced the ancient fishing and design of the shoal. The students interviewed local fishermen, in-depth investigation of local economic development and protection of their relationship with Chinese white dolphins. The environmental group was organized by Mr. Zhao Yi, who took students to observe the geomorphology of the Dafeng River, then visited the famous Sandun Road and visited the land of the Dafeng River. Investigating and studying the impact of the natural environment on the Chinese white dolphins; the children in the scientific group went out to sea to observe the Chinese white dolphins, collect scientific data, collate relevant scientific research, measure the Chinese white dolphin bones, learn GPS and Sonar knowledge.
Finally, all members successfully completed the task of "seeking the natural habitat of the Chinese white dolphin" through different forms of presentations. SWIS Director Ms. Ally Wu came to Sanniang Bay as a member of the defense of biosphere, together with Professor Pan Wenshi and Mr. Zhao Yi. The children's earnest and professional summary, display and debate have been well received.
At the end of the course, SWIS children also went to Sanniangwan Primary School as volunteers to teach, even though they are still students, when one stands on the platform, the confidence of the young teacher was revealed. Different roles gave the children different experiences; they also organized for the children of the school a meeting with the children of Sanniang Bay in the coming year.
Through these short one-week lessons, the children not only fully understand the science and knowledge regarding the Chinese white dolphins, but also investigated the natural environment and economic development of Sanniang Bay and the impact on Chinese white dolphins. After close interviews, scientific records, science investigating and other means, students are truly aware of the significant relationship between protecting Chinese white dolphins and humans.