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New guide to activities about bird migration

By Connor Walsh / 6th May 2021

In 2019, Migratory Birds for People, the network of wetland educators on the East Atlantic Flyway, marked its tenth anniversary with a special educational project. Together, we produced a huge fabric map showing the wetlands in the network, and five bird species that visit them. Following an interruption to the network in 2020, we have…

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30 Ideas: salt bags

By Connor Walsh / 11th March 2021

See all 30 Ideas Title: Salt bags Description: In the Salinas de San Pedro, the water coming from the salty lagoon of the Mar Menor passes through different types of ponds, in which the size and depth are reduced, progressively increasing the salinity, until the salt precipitates in the ponds and crystallises. So that visitors…

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News from East Atlantic Flyway

By Connor Walsh / 25th February 2021

The latest Newsletter from Migratory Birds for People is now online! With articles from up and down the East Atlantic Flyway, download the PDF to learn how our peers have been keeping visitors safe when visiting their centres: Sensory and fun outdoor activities for kids 2021 Species year – trying to count 2021 species of…

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Virtual exhibitions keep kids COVID safe

By Connor Walsh / 14th December 2020

When the pupils of France’s école Sainte Famille de Varades in visited their local wetland centre in December, they came home full of creative ideas. They drew and painted so many great pictures that the school wanted to host an exhibition and share it with the wetland centre – WLI  member, Maison du Lac de…

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MBP Annual Meeting 2020

By Chris Rostron / 7th October 2020

Our East Atlantic Flyway initiative, Migratory Birds for People, will hold an online annual meeting on 12 November 2020. Since we cannot travel to a member visitor centre to meet in person, we will have a different format but still meet the core needs of the network as best as the internet can offer. So,…

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Following Sandwich terns oversea

By Chris Rostron / 9th June 2020

Wageningen Marine Research 31-May-2020 – How do Sandwich Terns fly over the North Sea and the Wadden Sea? And where exactly do they catch their fish? Scientists from Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and the University of Amsterdam are trying to map the flight and foraging behaviour of large Terns by equipping fifteen Texel birds…

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Haff Réimech: an important flood plain

By Connor Walsh / 20th February 2020

Every winter, after heavy rainfall, the Moselle valley is flooded. Regularly, damage occurs in the villages in the Moselle valley, e.g. in Schengen or Remich. How important wetlands are in such times and what water masses they can absorb becomes clear. For example, the water level at the pond around the Biodiversum rises by over…

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Arundel WWT Centre celebrates World Wetlands Day

By Adil Boulahia / 6th February 2020

Arundel WWT visitor centre celebrated World Wetlands Day 2020 with a Ramsar Ride boat trip gliding peacefully through our beautiful channels on an electric boat. The guided talk on board explained about the Ramsar convention and why we have a ‘Ramsar Hide’ on the reserve. We talked about wetland biodiversity, climate change and were greatly encouraged…

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Feeling younger everyday! Urdaibai Bird Center and old people’s homes project

By Connor Walsh / 5th February 2020

The active aging project being run by Urdaibai Bird Center and Arrotegi Rest Home is in full swing in Busturia. It´s proving not only to be active and engaging for the participants, but also rejuvenating. They are becoming real scientific researchers! The residents are taking part in “Garden Birds”, a project which helps people get…

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Birds and Schools 2019 review

By Connor Walsh / 11th July 2019

On the East Atlantic Flyway, our initiative Migratory Birds for People connected two groups of schools, one in English and one in French; WLI Americas connected schools in English from Canada to Colombia. Children in Luxembourg, France, and Senegal visited their centres at Biodiversum Remerschen, La Maison du Lac de Grand Lieu, Saloum and Kallisaye…

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