The Wild Bird Society of Japan were looking for volunteers to go on an eco-tour organised by them and an eco-tourism company in Taiwan to do some conservation work for Barn Swallows in Taichung, Taiwan.
It was only for 3 nights and the main itinerary was to get rid of invasive plants in an IBA site (Important Bird and Biodiversity Area) for 2 mornings and to observe the Barn Swallows with local primary school pupils for 2 afternoons.
The beautiful Gaomei Wetland (高美湿地)
on a wall in a primary school in Taichung, which has special environmental study classes
Even a Malayan Night Heron (Zuguromizogoiズグロミゾゴイ) was breeding in a tree by the school building.
It was a great opportunity to take a look at such a school and I was amazed how happy the pupils looked to get involoved voluntarilly in nature.