Connecting Birds and Schools 2018

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Last updated: December 9th, 2021

Connecting Birds and Schools 2018


World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) celebrates the spectacular journeys of migratory birds across the globe and motivates actions that help to conserve these long-distance travelers. It is celebrated on the second Saturday in May and October each year. In 2018, the conservation theme is Year of the Bird and highlights the importance of joining our voices for bird conservation and taking actions that protect birds 365 days of the year.


WMBD is coordinated by the African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), and Environment for the Americas (EFTA)

This year the dates for WMBD are the weekends of the 12th of May and the 13th October 2018.  However, you can celebrate the event whenever you have migratory birds on your site.   Many bird species migrate huge distances, and face many challenges, and these events raise awareness and inspire action to support their journeys.  WLI is a network of wetland centres and welcomes members delivering wetland education and awareness-raising around important sites for birds and other wildlife.

Connecting Birds and Schools will support local centres to run visits with school pupils and encourage them to explore their local wetlands, identify the migratory birds that they support and how their wetland plays a part in the flyway.


MBP, WLI members and Wetland centres as well as partners working with schools near or at wetlands.  Wetland Link International coordinator will moderate.  Coordination with AEWA’s communications team.

Format and timing:

Schools will be given a visit to the wetland in early May.  The visit should include an introduction to the Connecting Birds and Schools event, the wetland centre and the wetland itself.  Then spend some time in the wetland, looking for signs of birds (or birds themselves!) and exploring why the wetland is important for migratory birds.  Our focal species depend on the region, see the forms below, but any wetland migratory birds will be useful.

The pupils will be asked to prepare a short video (using a mobile phone or similar) which introduces themselves, their birds and the issues they face, based on the questions below.  Each video should be around a minute long and will then be uploaded to the WLI / MBP webpages to be shared with other schools.

For schools that are able and willing, we also invite them to take part in a video/skype conference call with other schools along the flyway.  This will take place on the 17th of May in Europe, 10th of May in Africa and 9-10 May in the Americas.

The registration deadline to be involved in the initiative is 31st March 2018.


  • Introduce yourselves, your wetland site and where you are on the flyway, maybe using a print out of the flyway map from the MBP pages.
  • What did you do on site today?
  • Tell us which migratory birds visit your site, when they come and how you know that they visit (did you see the birds themselves? Any signs of the birds?  Any evidence that others have collected?)
  • Why is your wetland important for birds? Which other countries/wetlands do the birds visit?
  • What challenges do the birds face? How many kilometres do they travel each year?
  • How can human beings help birds to complete their amazing journeys?
  • Identify another site that is taking part, and ask a question of the school there.
Children prepare for a video conference


Please contact the head of WLI, Chris Rostron, for more information at if you are interested in joining this project, or download our flyer WMBD 2018 Birds and Schools.

Visit the WLI and MBP web pages.  Florian Kiel, Communications Manager, AEWA, or see their webpage or

On behalf of the core group,

Chris Rostron

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