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Chinese Skies Often Prove Deadly for Migratory Birds

By Yuan Suwen and Li Sijia
A local forestry official dismantles illegal bird nets in Tianjin. A large collection of bird nets, used for poaching wild birds, were found on Oct. 11. Photo: Visual China
A local forestry official dismantles illegal bird nets in Tianjin. A large collection of bird nets, used for poaching wild birds, were found on Oct. 11. Photo: Visual China

With the arrival of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, 1 billion birds are migrating or have migrated to warmer climates. Nearly a quarter of them were expected to pass through China as part of their journey.

In recent years, however, much of the country has become a treacherous place to fly for the 1,300 species of birds passing through. Once inside China's borders, many of them fall prey to poachers who supply the country's thriving underground wildlife trade.

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