Lake Cih 慈湖（二）
Tourist: What was the purpose of building the Lake Cih causeway?
Tour Guide: The construction of the causeway adds about 70 hectares of reclaimed land(1) from the sea and 120 hectares of breeding pools. Another function of the causeway was to protect the island from invading enemies during wartime. Besides that, the causeway has contributed a great deal to people's livelihood and construction in Kinmen.
Tourist: Understood! By the way, I have noticed that the trees over there are especially white.
Tour Guide: That is the excrement(2) of the migratory birds that has painted the trees white. You don't have to wonder about the huge numbers of birds. And most of the migratory birds come to Kinmen in winter before Christmas Eve; therefore, they are also called "Santa Claus's Greeting" by the local people.
Tourist: What attracts the birds and causes them to stay here?
Tour Guide: In the intertidal(3) land along the coast of Lake Cih's, there are plenty of living creatures that can attract the birds looking for food. And around the Lake, there are fish farms and wetlands that provide a good habitat for migratory birds.
Tourist: When is the best time for us to watch the birds?
Tour Guide: The best time of watching the birds is at dawn or dusk, and the best seasons are spring, autumn, and winter. Especially in autumn of each year, hundreds of thousands of birds come to rest and find food here, making this surrounding a bird paradise.
Tourist: If we want to watch the birds, what do we have to bring with us?
Tour Guide: You have to be equipped with binoculars, cameras, and bird-watching brochures. Another thing you need to pay attention to is that you don't wear colorful clothes, lest you scare the birds away.
Tourist: I see. Besides the birds, are there any other animals here?
Tour Guide: There are otters(4) that are facing extinction.(5) So they are legally protected now.
Tourist: I think here is the best ecology(6) class about the nature in Kinmen.
Tour Guide: You bet.
■1. reclaimed land-指海埔新生地。reclaim(vt.)是開墾、開拓，或回收利用之意。重新回收的土地，或開墾開拓的土地，即海埔新生地。