Yangtze River Headwaters Volunteering Day 12 长江源志愿工作第12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!
这是我参与长江源志愿工作的一系列记录。我争取每日更新,但在野外工作没有网络的那些日子会有延迟。在时间允许的情况下,也会尽量使用中英双语。喜欢的话,关注我的Ins账号(@anar.chica.yichenguo)获取更新吧!

I used to dream about human beings all migrate to high altitude areas to escape from climate change. I was wrong. The climate change at these areas is not much better than in the low altitude areas. Too many wildlife’s habitats are affected, as well as their breedings.
之前我还幻想过人类为了躲避气候变化大灾难逃到高海拔地区。我错了。高原气候变化得程度相对于低海拔地区并没有小多少。太多野生动物的栖息地受到威胁,生产繁殖也受到威胁。

It’s been raining several times every day since I came to Bende Lake. Today after lunch a snow storm suddenly hit this area. It turned into hail after a few minutes, and another few minutes later, it became rain. It lasted only ten minutes until the rain stopped. However, the poor terns’ eggs were drown again. You can’t blame them for being stupid to build their nest in pits, not like human beings (with normal IQ), setting up tents where it’s not easy to accumulate water. After all, according to the staff here, normal summers like the one last year, may rain no more than four times in a month. So far, all the offsprings of the terns are dead. The eggs were drown too many times because of the usual number of rains. Only one baby came out of the egg. But soon dead the second due to the rain at the night of its birth. After today’s storm, the family that had three eggs finally gave up completely, leaving only one couple holding on to their only egg. But we all know the egg must have gone bad already since it’s drown in water so many times and for so long. 
我来班德湖的这几天天天下雨,一天好几场,今天午后更是突降暴雪,几分钟内转冰雹,再几分钟转雨。直到雨停,一共只过了十分钟。然而,可怜的燕鸥的蛋又被淹了。你不能怪它们傻,把窝建在坑里,不像我们(正常智商的)人类户外扎帐篷的时候会扎在不易积水的地方。毕竟,据这里的工作人员所说,正常的夏天,比如去年,一整个月最多下了四场雨。迄今为止,今年燕鸥所有的后代全军覆没。下雨次数太多,蛋被水淹了无数次,只有一窝坚持孵出了一只幼鸟,而破壳当天又下了一场雨,第二天幼鸟就死了。今天的风暴过后,一窝三颗蛋的燕鸥父母终于彻底放弃了,只剩下一窝只有一颗蛋的一对父母。然而我们都知道,那颗蛋被水泡了那么多次那么久,早已是臭蛋了。

The great crested grebes have gone through the same tragedy. Last year they successfully raised a few nests of babies. However, this year, so far, they haven’t had one baby out of shell either. Their nests are built on the water surface. All seven or eight nests observed here this year a while ago were destroyed by rain. Most of the nests we just found these days survived today’s storm. I hope they won’t get such frequent and fierce destruction any more. 
同样悲催的还有凤头鸊鷉。去年它们成功养育了几窝宝宝。而今年到现在为止也是一只都没有。凤头鸊鷉的窝是建在水面上的浮窝,今年我们这里跟踪的七八个窝都被雨水冲毁了。这几天新发现的几个窝今天的风暴后大部分幸存,希望之后不要再被这样频繁强烈的摧残。

And regarding to the influence to us, the temperature difference during one day is even bigger now. As long as the sun’s out, it is definitely for shorts. But even though it is the hottest time of year, we are almost freezing to death every morning and even all the way before noon. Here is far far away from the outside world. There is no cell phone signal (but for work we have good wifi), no tap water, no municipal electricity. The solar power board can only provide power enough for the lightings and facilities for work. Nothing’s left for keeping warm. Our guys here think about such things on daily basis: there’s no cow shit left, we shall collect more, otherwise we can’t get through tonight. Horse shit is also fine. The sun’s good in the afternoon. We should dry them.
而对于我们的影响呢,就是温差更大了。只要出太阳,就恨不能穿短袖。但明明是三伏天,我们却在每一个清晨乃至整个上午都觉得要被冻死在夏天。这里与世隔绝,没有手机信号(但是工作需要,WIFI很强大),没有自来水,没有市政电。太阳能电池板供的电只够工作和照明设备使用,取暖就别想了。小伙子们日常考虑的问题是:牛粪没了,去捡点。不然今夜没法过。马粪也行。下午太阳好,晒晒干。

Global climate change seems to be an unavoidable catastrophe after all. 
全球气候变化,看来是无论如何也躲不过的大劫了。

PS. I encountered the most marvellous rainbow in my life today!
另,今天见到了人生中最壮观的大彩虹!

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