Migratory Birds for People

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The Migratory Birds for People (MBP) programme is about 30 wetland visitor centres across Europe and West Africa in a network that follows the flight path of many migratory wetland birds species.

These centres are working together to share best practice and develop new approaches to delivering wetland messages to their visitors. We have an MBP strategic plan and the MBP Mission visual update 2018 that will help you understand what the programme aims to do, an MBP workplan 2021-22, and a summary action plan poster to which you can add your details.

The lead group for the project consists of the Dutch Staatsbosbeheer, WLI, and Wetlands International West Africa. We also work with partners across Europe and Africa. Please see the contacts list for details.

Optics for Africa

Where possible, MBP visitor centres in Europe collect binoculars and telescopes and share them with members in West Africa. So far we have collected more than 80 binoculars and telescopes.

We invite any member centre to participate! Find out how.

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Social media guidelines

Together with partners Eurosite we produced an introductory guide to using social media at wetland visitor centres and nature reserves. In 2021 we produced these more advanced guidelines.

Educational Map

Discover the East Atlantic Flyway through games! The MBP flyway map is an educational resource developed by MBP members, a fabric map of 2 x 1.5 metres. It is rugged so you can bring it to schools or out to the wetland to illustrate migration and how wetland centres are networking to help migratory birds. Members, please contact us for a copy.

You can also download a free guidebook of activities, compiled by the network, to make use of the map.

Newsletter, films, coordination and meetings

Regular newsletters are produced by Isabelle Zwick and Audrey Cadou. Please also check out the archive of more than a decde of newsletters produced by MBP co-founder Roelof Heringa.

They give updates on meetings, project development, and partner news: subscribe here. We also have a Facebook and Instagram page.

Video for centre screens

We have a promotional video for visitor centre screens. MBP volunteers produced and translated it in Arabic, BasqueDutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Luxembourgish, PortugueseSpanish, and Swedish. You can view it on YouTube and we can send it to you as a PowerPoint or mp4 video file, as suits your technical setup.

Map of the Migratory Birds for People network

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Our poster (on the left, with version for Naturum Getterön, Sweden) that can be tailored to your own centres – we can provide the design file for you to add your own logo, pictures and examples, for display at your centre. Just contact Chris Rostron to arrange for us to send it to you.

 

Flyway Youth Forum

Since 2021 we have co-organised the East Atlantic Flyway Youth Forum. Along with the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat and Youth Engaged in Wetlands, we bring young people together virtually to expand their skills as wetland conservationists in the Flyway.

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Flyway expeditions

We are supporting two expeditions on the East Atlantic Flyway: for Conservation Without Borders' Flight of the Osprey we are developing educational materials.

For the Sounding Wild Exploration, we are connecting MBP members with the Drioli brothers to create 3D audio and immersive image magic with local people at MBP member wetland centres.

Annual meetings

2021

Our 2021 annual meeting was online, in the afternoons of October 11 and 12. We had our usual review of the past year and planning for the next, as well as presentations from MBP members and inspirational external groups.

This meeting had full simultaneous interpretation between French and English.

Read the meeting report, including our work plan for 2021/2.

2020

In 2020 we held our first virtual Annual Meeting. On 12 November we met, as usual, to review the past year, and plan for the next one, but we even managed some online birding!

The meeting report summarises the presentations from members and guests, and links to recordings and PowerPoints from the meeting.

2019

Twenty MBP colleagues gathered at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, in October 2019 to review the past year and plan for the next. Here’s the summary, with some photos, or read the full meeting report here.

2018

This meeting took place at the Maison du Lac de Grand Lieu, near Nantes, France from the 24th to the 27th of September 2018. To see the summary report of the meeting, please click here. For some feedback from some of the participants here’s what said they would be taking home to their wetlands centres and organisations.

MBP News

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MBP newsflash

Dear colleagues, We would like to inform you briefly about the recent developments in the “Migratory Birds for People”- network. The annual MBP-meeting in 2015 will take place on the 14th and 15th of September at the bird centre in Urdaibai/Spain. Please put this date already into your calendar! MBP is on Facebook! Anyone in…

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WLI News August 2014

New Partners California Waterfowl Association, US; Holmen Wetland Centre, Norway. MBP Annual Meet 2014 (Europe) There is still time to register for the Migratory Birds for People (MBP) annual meeting, this year hosted by our colleagues at the Camargue in the south of France.  We will be focussing on practical next steps for this East…

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Migratory Birds for People – New Poster

The Migratory Birds for People group have produced a new promotional poster that can be adapted to any wetland centre along the West Atlantic Flyway.  Check our MBP pages to take a look, or contact Chris Rostron for a publisher version that can be used with your own logos and information.

WLI update October 2013

New Partners  WLI North America Last minute planning for the WLI North America Webinar is taking place, to be held on the 29th of October, with speakers from wetland centres across Canada and the US, a workshop on how to evaluate CEPA activities on site, and discussions about how to develop and take forward WLI…

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