The number of endangered animals in the world is getting increased as the case of Korean peninsula. As the result of making efforts to protect the animals from extinction, however, some endangered migratory birds, once left, revisit the swamps and wetlands in Korea.
Wetlands take a great role for the many living things providing a habitat to many fishes and birds, while they help the ecosystem to remain stable. Luckily, there are quite a few swamps and marshes where many animals inhibits. Among those, Daegu has two wonderful ones at Dalseong and Ansim in the western part and in the eastern part respectively, which are good places to observe not only the gatherings of thousands of migrants but also a variety of marsh vegetations.
Dalseong Wetland is the only Korean wetland that was registered in IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Nature Resources) in 1989.
In this wonderful place, brassica juncea are in full bloom in spring, golden coreopsis start to burst out in summer....During the fall, silver grass and reeds cover the entire wetland presenting a grand sight. Thousands of migratory birds, ospreys, white-tailed sea eagles and short-eared owls appear in winter. You might also see wildcats, otters and racoons as well.
As the result of efforts for improving habitats for migratory birds, hooded cranes, which is under the crisis of extinction, have revisited Dalseong wetland recently.
Address: Hwawon-eup, Dalseong-gun, Daegu
Being on the bank of the Gumho River in Ansim wetland, you can get a nice and fair view of the Gumho River.
It is such a wonderful to watch the river covered by yellow water-fringe, dense willow foliage, and the birds getting around through the reeds.
As the place has typical features of wetlands, a variety of hygrophytic plants as well as Chinese little bitterns and white herons are easily observed. Especially in winter, you may find rare species such as spectacled teals, mandarin ducks, eagle-owls and diverse mammals as well.
Address: 502-11, Daerim-dong. Dong-gu, Daegu