a. Long-term Ecosystem Monitoring
ESRI has already established long-term ecosystem monitoring data for the Wushihkeng, Sinanshan and Hehuanshan regions. This is useful to increase public understanding of Taiwan’s low-, medium-, and high-altitude ecosystems and also in providing scientific data to be used in research on Taiwan’s different elevations. Achievements and data collected to date include the following:
| i. || Three sample plots for long-term monitoring have been set up in the Wushihkeng region to regularly survey species resources. Already, records have been taken for 618 species of vascular plant in 139 families, 29 mammal species in 16 families, 88 bird species in 33 families, 15 amphibian species in five families, 33 reptilian species in seven families, nine fish species in five families, 22 species of firefly in two families, 144 species of butterfly in nine families, and 37 species of aquatic insect in 24 families. |
| ii. || Three permanent long-term monitoring sample areas have also been established in the Sinanshan region for regular bio-inventories. Already, researchers have recorded 346 vascular plant species in 98 families, 86 macrofungi in 34 families, 37 mammals in 15 families, 88 birds in 27 families, five amphibians in three families, 20 reptiles in five families, 109 butterfly species in 10 families, 408 moth species in 18 families, and 30 species of insects in the Coleoptera order. |
| iii. || In the Hehuanshan region, ESRI has also established three long-term monitoring sample areas for regular bio-inventory research. So far, researchers have recorded 368 vascular plant species in 71 families, 16 mammal species in eight families, 66 birds in 28 families, four amphibians in three families, 11 ant species in two families, 78 butterfly species in eight families, 165 moth species in 10 families, and two species of firefly. The High Altitude Experimental Station has its own website at: http://hm.tesri.gov.tw where relevant information can be found and downloaded. |
b. Wild Animal Genotype Material Preservation
The Experimental Stations are extremely effective in the genetic preservation and educational display of wild animals through the work of providing sick and injured wild animals with temporary shelter, rearing and training them, and also releasing them back into the wild where possible.
c. Biological Diversity Research
The Experimental Stations provide ideal locations for the study of biodiversity thanks to their varied forest cover and abundance of species resources.
Does it look like an owl? Thyas juno(Dalman), Noctuidae(by Lin Hsu-Hong)
Orange Parrotbill(Paradoxornis verreauxi)(by Ai Tai-Lin)
Endemic and rare plant greenhouse at the Low Altitude Experimental Station(by Ho Tung-Chi)
commercialized fungal product developed by Medium Altitude Experimental Station(by Chen Chien-Ming)