WLI Update July 2016
Migratory Birds for People – Annual meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark
The MBP coordination group is currently planning our annual meeting, taking place in Denmark in mid-Setpember – see details here. If you are working at a wetland along the East Atlantic flyway, we would welcome you to come. The meeting will cover updates from partners, site visits and sharing best practice, and planning for future work. You can also see the latest MBP newsletter here.
Communications manual from the Peer to Peer project (Russian, English)
Working with partners in Russia and the US, and led on by our colleagues at the Wetlands Institute, New Jersey, we now have the wetland centre manual on communications. This is based on experiences from staff during exchange visits, and intended to support those that would like to share information through social media with a wider audience. It covers use of social media, data sharing and outreach.
Flight of the Swans
We are now approaching the date when our intrepid paramotorist colleague, Sacha, will travel to Russia to start her flight along the Bewick Swan flyway (see their website). We are working with colleagues along the flyway to set up events and meetings – and also developing a toolkit of resources that will include best practice examples from partners, data and materials to be used during activities, and an evaluation methodology being put together by our WWT Consultancy. See our first school event (left), with pupils from Walmore School making the shape of a swan. Very exciting!
ABC Tota – our first Virtual Wetland Centre!
Although many wetland centre do not have a physical building on site, our colleagues still run regular activities and guide visitorsin wetlands. In the case of lake Tota, Colombia, our partners have created an online ‘wetland centre’ with all sorts of information that visitors, schools and local people might find useful. It’s a great way to deliver wetland CEPA activites with a minimal budget.
Chilean visitors to WWT Slimbridge, UK
The annual migration from Chile to the UK has occurred again, with the Fundación Kennedy sending Francisca Bardi and UCBC sending a languages student, Constanza Cabello. They are working on developing the WLI Americas network, ensuring our list of members grows and is up to date, and updating the WLI website in Spanish. They are also planning a film for the region, based on migration routes and showing how wetalnds centres are linked (using the MBP film produced earlier this year).