Yangtze River Headwaters Volunteering Day 9 长江源志愿工作第9天

This is a series of journals recording my days in the Yangtze River Headwaters volunteering project. I will try to update every day but there might be delays in the days I work in the wild without the internet. I’m also trying to write bilingual if time allows. Like it? Follow my Instagram (@anar.chica.yichenguo) for updates!

The sense of ritual is intriguing. I’ve always believed it’s nurtured. However, now that I’m at Bende Lake, this perspective is somewhat shaking. For example, the great crested grebes have to build their nests on the water and mate after the nests are ready. Mating at other places, for example on land, is ‘wild’ and it doesn’t count. If one of the black-necked crane couple stays at home, when the other one comes back, they have to chirp to the sky several times. When they take turns to brood the procedure is the same. But how did these habits evolute? Or, in other words, what’s the meaning of this all in evolution? If not in the genes, then they’re nurtured after birth. I’ve heard a kind of bird that passes on songs within their own groups.  Each group has its own distinctive songs. People always think animals do not have culture and everything is instinct. But this is not really true. But whether the sense of ritual has the possibility to be congenital remains to be investigated.

Finally, I love bar-headed goose. 

Bar-headed Goose

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