News from the MBP Core Group (Connor Walsh)

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Last updated: July 28th, 2023

Work plan for 2023 and your input

Late last year we prepared our workplan for 2022/23. We developed this at the Annual Meeting in Saloum, and in a follow-up online meeting. We invite you to look through it, and engage with the network on any of the topics where you can contribute or benefit!

In the newsletters we will keep you informed about progress. This time, we would like to focus on the topics of twinning or exchanges between MBP members, and communicating science at wetland visitor centres.

Survey: twinning and communicating science

Please take a few minutes to fill in this simple survey – it is just one question on each topic, and it will help us design the best procedures for the network. Take the survey.

This survey will close on 6 March 2023.

Twinning

The idea of twinning emerged at the meeting in Saloum. Our suggested starting point is that after the annual meeting each year, one of the participants would stay at the host wetland centre for a few weeks, to continue learning. This would not exclude other forms of twinning or exchange. We aim to develop the terms of reference in the first half of 2023, so please fill in the survey on this topic as well!

Communicating science

This is a complicated topic in a few ways. The different circumstances at MBP members, and among staff and volunteers, mean there are many possible understandings, so please fill in the survey to help us understand what you need and have capacity to do, and how as a network we can help each other on this topic.
Here are some ideas about what it could involve:

Topic Audience
EducationMBP member staff
CEPA (Communications, Education, Participation, Awareness)MBP member staff
PhenologyAcademics, MBP member staff
Habitat managementMBP member staff; peers outside network
Species countsAcademia; AEWA; Government focal points

World Migratory Bird Day theme: water!

This year World Migratory Bird Day will be themed on water, making it an even stronger opportunity than ever for MBP members to celebrate. Keep an eye on the official website for free materials you can use around either key day, 13 May and 14 October:
www.worldmigratorybirdday.org

We are again arranging video conferences called Connecting Birds and Schools. If you have a good relationship with a school, contact Connor Walsh connor.walsh@wwt.org.uk
At the moment we have pupils aged 16 in The Gambia likely to participate in English, as well as a Senegal school and a school from Luxembourg in French.

Birds and Schools

We are once again aiming to hold video conferences connecting schools in our flyway around World Migratory Bird Day in May. We hope to have two video conferences, one in French and one in English, with the possibility of holding one in Portuguese for the first time. If you would like to take part, please email Ibrahim Hama, Ibrahim.Hama@wwt.org.uk, or a MBP member who matches your language needs.

Welcome Chuwuike!

Flyway Youth Ambassador profile photo

The MBP core group now has a youth representative! Your staff and volunteers aged 18 to 30 can contact Chuwuike Ebuzome to have their input onto the monthly online meetings – as well as contacting any other member of the core group! Chuwuike Ebuzome is a Flyway Youth Ambassador and volunteer at Finima Nature Park. Learn more about him here:

Hi, my name is Chukwuike Ebuzome and I am passionate about conserving migratory birds and their habitats. As a young environmental conservationist, I have had the opportunity to work on a variety of conservation projects focused on protecting these incredible species. I believe that it is important for all of us to take action to ensure the health and vitality of migratory bird populations, and I am excited to be a part of an organization that is dedicated to this important mission. I am committed to working collaboratively with others in the MBP network to find solutions and promote the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats both locally and globally.

Flight of the Osprey – still ways to work together

The Flight of the Osprey expedition has finished, but we are still working with the team behind it, Conservation Without Borders, on osprey migration in our flyway. Sacha Dench and her team are busy editing the video they shot into a one-hour film. They will also return to bring their vehicles back from Guinea overland in the coming months.

Sacha is looking for your help! She wants her film to be broadcast in the flyway countries. Do you know people at the national TV stations who could help her make that happen? Can they advise on what scenes or content should be there? If so, contact sacha@conservation-without-borders.org

Sacha is also interested in the possibilities of building skills among people in the flyway to make simple wildlife films. Rather than being a career path, she sees this as a knowledge for people to bring into their regular social media use.

Sounding Wild Exploration

Axel and Ario Drioli have completed the first section of their expedition in Iberia and France. Afterwards they went to the UK, where they held some public demonstrations of their Virtual Reality wetland experiences. They were well received particularly in Bristol, which is the hub for BBC natural history TV production. People in that industry loved the presentation.

On World Wetlands Day, they set off in their two trucks by ferry to Santander and then further into Spain. Later they will visit EVOA, and then as-yet undecided centres in France and the Wadden Sea. Then from September they will set off on the West Africa leg. If you would like to host them at your wetland centre, contact Axel Drioli axel@soundingwild.com.

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