Dongting Lake is a place of clear water and better condition for wild lives by Yangtzi River.
Oriental White Stork
Oriental White Stork, national protected animals, is often found in in swamps, wetlands, and ponds, feeding on small fish, frogs, and insects.
Migratory birds can be regarded as a measure of environmental quality, because the changes in the ecological environment reflect the changes of the populationsin migratory bird and their migratory routes.
Dongting Lake is one of the world's first 23 green protection sites identified by the World Conservation Union. The total wetland area is 3,930 square kilometers, accounting for 71.4% of the total wetland area of 14 provinces by the Yangtze River.
According to the data released by the Hunan Provincial Forestry Bureau, there are more than 1,200 species of higher plants and more than 1,120 species of vertebrate species living in Dongting Lake currently. From 2017 to 2018, there are 348 species of migratory birds and 226,400 birds coming to Dongting Lake in winter, and it increases 18.9% than the previous year. Millions of migratory birds have been stayed at Dongting Lake, and their biodiversity has been further developed.
In addition, as a national first-class protected animal, the number of milu (Père David's deer) has increased from 65 in 2012 to 164 in 2017; the number of monitoring records of Yangtze finless porpoise has reached 220, and the number of stable habitats has reached 120.