On the 24th of October, Wetland Link International and Environment for the Americas celebrated World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) with schools from across Latin America. About 50 students in Panama (C.E.B.G. Victoriano Chacón, Telebásica Playa Leona, C.E.B.G. Punta Chame, and C.E.B.G. Nueva Gorgona), Argentina (Escuela Municipal de Bellas Artes San Clemente de Tuyu), Chile (Colegio Wenga, Coronel) and Colombia (Colegio Montessori) attended a Skype conference call for the Connecting Schools and Birds program, which connects students in the study of wetlands and their importance for birds, especially migratory birds.
Each class explored the WMBD conservation theme – the impacts of plastic pollution on birds and actions we can all take to reduce the problem. To prepare, students visited wetland sites in their communities, observing birds, learning about the importance of wetlands to birds, and cleaning up plastic pollution that can harm birds.
For over two hours, students interacted and shared their experiences, talked about the different species of birds they see where they live, and their activities at the wetland sites they visited. The event ended with a pledge from all participants to continue to work together to protect birds and their habitats and be the solution to plastic pollution!