WLI at Grand Lieu WWD 2022

Category: News, World Wetlands Day

Published: February 1st, 2022

Audrey Cadou on WWD 2022 cr: La Maison du Lac de Grand-Lieu
Audrey Cadou on WWD 2022 cr: La Maison du Lac de Grand-Lieu

Chris Rostron presents WWD Grand Lieu Lake

Chris Rostron presents to Grand Lieu students cr: maison du lac de Grand Lieu

Thirteen students from the middle school Albert Vinçon, located in Saint-Nazaire went to the Maison du Lac de Grand Lieu. They started with an introduction of the day by a video call in English with Chris Rostron, who presented several topics including WLI, World Wetlands Day, MBP, migration, and wetlands census.

In the field, they carried out a simulation of the Wetlands census on Grand-Lieu Lake. They did it by applying the scientific protocol. Despite fog, they observed some birds as Coots, Black-headed Gull, Mallard, Teal, Grey goose, Mute Swan etc.

Back at the centre, they studied the ecology of some birds as Teal, Gadwall, etc. They looked for data about their conservation and protection status, their habitats, about the migration, their diet, and the link between wintering waterbirds and the Ramsar label! Then, they discovered the multiple protection status applying to Grand-Lieu Lake, in particular the Ramsar designation.

Closing the day was a video call in Spanish with Edorta, who presented Urdaibai Bird Center, the importance of working in an international network when you work on species as mobile as birds.

The students and the teachers told us they had a great day and learned a lot! Hopefully, they understood the importance of working in an international network in order to study and protect effectively the populations of birds passing through western Europe.

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