The Golden Pheasants

Golden Pheasant

“Ni hao!
We are delighted to be the first Chinese team to participate in Champions Of The Flyway.  The team – The Golden Pheasants – is made up of one of China’s top birders, Tong Menxiu, travel photographer and birder Chen Ting (Cecilia) and Terry Townshend of Birding Beijing.  Although our experience of birding in Eilat is very limited (just a few days – more than 20 years ago – between us!), we’re coming with lots of enthusiasm and a hunger to learn (and hopefully find an East Asian vagrant or two)!  At the same time, we are aiming to raise awareness of the fledgling birding scene in China and, importantly, to raise awareness within China of the international birding and conservation efforts.  Illegal hunting is something that most countries suffer and China is no different.  We are keen to do anything we can to help stop illegal hunting, wherever it takes place.  We know we’re going to be inspired by the actions of the COTF organisers and the many teams participating and plan to take back that inspiration to China to strengthen our efforts there.  We’ll be using Chinese social media to promote the event, and provide real-time updates throughout the race.  We’re looking forward to meeting everyone, enjoying the event and raising as much as we can to support Doğa Derneği’s efforts in Turkey.
祝大家好运 (good luck to everyone)!”

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Meet the Team

Terry Townshend

Terry Townshend

Terry Townshend is a conservationist and climate change expert.  Based in Beijing, he runs the Birding Beijing website and has spearheaded efforts to save some of China’s most endangered birds, in particular the Jankowski’s Bunting, a poorly known bird living in remote northeast China with a known population of under 100 pairs.  In 2012 he became a Species Champion with BirdLife International.
Passionate about bringing together scientific discovery with public engagement, Terry has set up citizen science projects to track some of Beijing’s most well-known birds, including the Beijing Swift and the Beijing Cuckoo.  The projects, involving schools, the public and national and international media, have revealed, for the first time, that these birds migrate to southern Africa, inspiring millions of people about the wonders of bird migration.
With a professional background in environmental law, Terry was the lead author of the first edition of the groundbreaking Global Climate Legislation Study, examining climate change-related laws across the world, and remains a co-author today.  He has presented the results of the study to the US Senate, Mexican Congress, Japanese Diet and the South Korean National Assembly, and is an adviser to the Chinese government on the development of their climate change law.
Terry has found several new birds for Beijing, including the capital’s first Tree Pipit in the UK Ambassador’s garden.  He is a regular contributor to the China Birdwatching Society’s lecture series and, in 2014, was honoured to deliver the keynote lecture at the National Zoological Museum to celebrate China’s National Bird Day.  In early 2015 he was delighted to take up a Directorship with EcoAction, a new and innovative Chinese company dedicated to ecotourism and environmental education.
Terry is a member of the BirdLife International Global Advisory Group, a co-author on Europe’s leading birding blog, Birding Frontiers and, since 2014, a Brand Ambassador for Swarovski Optik.  In September 2015 he was presented with the inaugural “Birding Master” award at the 1st China International Birding Festival.

Ting “Cecilia” Chen

Ting “Cecilia” Chen

Ting “Cecilia” Chen is a freelance writer & photographer with a focus on nature\wildlife, and a lecturer of Canon. Cecilia is one of the most popular traveling social media mavens in China and has traveled to more than 70 countries during last 17 years. She was voted the top 10 best traveling blogger in China with more than 20 million visitors during last 12 years.

Author of《Travel in the Netherlands》《Antarctica, Back to Zero》

Tong Menxiu

Tong Menxiu

Tong Menxiu, founder of China Wild Tour and China Wild Nature. He started birding from the university. After graduated, he worked for several bird watching societies and research institute for wildlife conservation and research projects before the end of 2009. Menxiu has traveled a lot in Mainland China and oversea country, having seen over 1164 species birds in China.

He and his colleagues are also working on the conservation of endangered birds in China, such as Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Baer’s Pochard, Siberian Crane etc.