Connecting Birds and Schools

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) happens every year in May and October. The organisers at AEWA produce materials every year suitable for your centre and online. They also have an interactive map of activities happening around; you can submit your own centre's activities, and the World Migratory Bird Day organisers will share it on social media–increasing your visibility.

WLI takes an active–and pretty cool–role in World Migratory Bird Day.

WLI members approach local schools, invite them to their centre to learn about the migratory birds there… and then they talk to other groups doing the same thing in other centres by video chat!

Some videos from previous years tell the story:

News about Birds and Schools

Connecting Birds & Schools 2023

By Connor Walsh | 23rd January 2023

Join our schools’ video conferences for World Migratory Bird Day 2023! In the week before 13 May and 14 October, WLI and partners will be hosting video conferences for school pupils in three flyways. If you would like to engage a school in these sessions, get in touch! Be inspired by previous years Important safeguarding…

First Birds and Schools for East Asian-Australasian Flyway links Incheon, Ro Korea and Hong Kong

By Connor Walsh | 3rd January 2023

Birds and Schools is an interactive and international programme for exchange between schools from different parts of the world, and to share what the students have done or learned about the migratory birds and wetlands they visited. WLI initiated the programme in the East Atlantic Flyway. In 2022, for the first time, the programme was…

Logo for 2023 World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day 2023 theme: Water!

By Connor Walsh | 8th December 2022

In 2023, the World Migratory Bird Day campaign will focus on the topic of water and its importance for migratory birds. Water is fundamental to life on our planet. The vast majority of migratory birds rely on aquatic ecosystems during their life cycles. Inland and coastal wetlands, rivers, lakes, streams, marshes, and ponds are all…

Connecting Birds and Schools in Asia-Australasia!

By Connor Walsh | 9th September 2022

The East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) is bringing our Connecting Birds and Schools video conferences to their region! We are delighted to be working with their dynamic team to bring our flagship activity to a whole new audience. If you are in that flyway, have a look at their website for a poster and information…

Connecting Birds and Schools in 2022

By Connor Walsh | 14th February 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. See previous examples We are partnering with Environment for the Americas, the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership, and Migratory Birds for People, to…

Birds and Schools webinar, Latin America

By Adil Boulahia | 4th November 2019

On the 24th of October, Wetland Link International and Environment for the Americas celebrated World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) with schools from across Latin America. About 50 students in Panama (C.E.B.G. Victoriano Chacón, Telebásica Playa Leona, C.E.B.G. Punta Chame, and C.E.B.G. Nueva Gorgona), Argentina (Escuela Municipal de Bellas Artes San Clemente de Tuyu), Chile (Colegio…

Birds and Schools 2019 review

By Connor Walsh | 11th July 2019

To mark World Migratory Bird Day, WLI members once again held video conferences across country and continental boundaries.  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,…

video conference call between pupils

Birds and Schools 2018

By Chris Rostron | 6th February 2018

To celebrate World Migratory Birds Day 2018, we are planning to run a group activity connecting wetland sites and local schools along the flyways, with a video conference call between them to share experiences of their visits.  We did this last year in the MBP network (WLI East Atlantic) and you can see the results…

Connecting Birds and Schools along the East Atlantic Flyway

By Chris Rostron | 3rd February 2017

Connecting Birds and Schools along the East Atlantic Flyway  Background: World Migratory Birds Day (WMBD) takes place every year in early May, to highlight the importance of supporting migration along flyways across the world. It is coordinated by AEWA, the African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (see links below). This year the date for WMBD is the 10th of May…