Connecting Birds and Schools in 2022

Do you know a school that would like to join a live video link-up for World Migratory Bird Day?

In 2022 we want to run our unique video conferences in May and October.

We are partnering with Environment for the Americas, the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership, and Migratory Birds for People, to arrange conference on at least five continents.

If you would like to participate in the East Atlantic Flyway, please email Connor Walsh, or in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, contact Vivian Fu.

WMBD poster 1

How it works

Wetland visitor centres in the same flyway arrange a class about migratory birds for a local school, and a week or so later, the centres all join in a video call. The children tell each other about the visit; they talk about what they learned; and they share their actions for the annual them of World Migratory Bird Day.

Everyone answers the same questions, from north to south, and then back up south to north again.

If you have good connections with a local school, and the children can communicate in a shared language with other countries to the north or south, get in touch!

The children love the experience, and you can promote it on the official website of World Migratory Bird Day, as well as with WLI.

When

There are two opportunities: early May, and Early October. We usually hold the video conference on a school day close to the second Saturday in each month. But most important is finding a day that works for multiple schools up and down the flyway, no matter what month.

WMBD WLI poster

Resources

A draft letter that you can customise, calling on local government or business to reduce their light pollution.

Dr. Annette Krop-Benesch's report on Influence of Artificial Light at Night (ALAN) on the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the Wadden Sea World Heritage provides alternative approaches to lighting and answers counter-arguments.

Key messages and suggested actions on pages 5 and 6 of the official World Migratory Bird Day 2022 Strategy.

Artwork and scientific literature on the official World Migratory Bird Day website.