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Taiwan's Wetlands of Importance

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Wetlands of Regional Importance

Caonan Wetland

The wetland contains about 26 species of dragonflies, including Ictinogomphus rapax, Anax panybeus, and Epopnthalmia elegans; 15 species of frogs, including Rana guentheri, Rhacophorus megacephalus, Rana adenopleura, Microhyla heymonsi, and Chirixalus idiootocus ; and 40 species of birds.

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Shinjie Cold Spring Wetland

The wetland is rich in cold springs, artesian springs and the pool of ponds. With pure and cool water, farmers plant well-known water spinach and both Township Office and Township Farmers Association hold "Water Spinach Festival"activity annually.

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Twin Lakes Wetland

Twin Lake Wetland is LTK riverbed originally. Waste soils stacks on dike and the authority excavates two ponds and plants trees to improve the bare surface for restoration.

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Toushe Basin Wetland

The wetland forms peat soils from plants' deposits. The Thao tribe immigrates into the basin. They come either from legendary white deer chasing or from Sun Moon Lake's leveeing workers. They dug drains and planted rice in early days.

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Caodi Wetland

The wetland, rectangular in area, is a 3-hour hike from Sitou Observatory along mountain trails. Frequently covered by clouds and fogs, it is an excellent breeding site, foraging area, and habitat for wildlife. Except for some remaining tree trunks from past logging of the original forest, the wetland exhibits a pristine landscape with great bio-diversity, including various species of native plants. There are mature, artificial forests of red cypress and conifer trees in the surrounding areas.

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Chenglong Wetland

Originally a farmland, the wetland was severely damaged by Typhoon Wayne (1986) and Typhoon Herbert (1996), which caused long periods of flooding and water surges, rendering the area unsuitable for farming. The area has become salt-marsh wetland after several years of evolution and contains marshes, ponds, fish ponds, ditches, and some portions of unfarmed rice fields.

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