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Wetland Link International

Dear <<First Name>> <<Last Name>>, 
World Migratory Bird Day is coming up on 8 October, and we would like to invite you to take part. 
One of our flagship activities for wetland centres is a video conference called Connecting Birds and Schools.

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Arranged according to bird migration flyway, language, and age, the video conferences have two stages: first, you bring a school group to your wetland centre to learn about migratory birds, and a week or so later the group joins a video conference with up to four other schools who have done similarly. 
The pupils share photos or video of their visit, and take turns answering each other's questions about the migratory birds they saw or heard.  
As a special activity it makes learning about biodiversity more appealing for pupils who are less engaged; and for those who already love nature, it grounds them in science, preparing them for further positive behaviour change.
Poster for WMBD video conference
Theme: 'Dim the lights for Birds at Night!' 
Light pollution disrupts many species, with serious consequences. 
Find the key messages, in text and video, on the World Migratory Bird Day website
Do you have good connections with a school who might like to participate? If so, get in touch with WLI's Connor Walsh and we will try to arrange a call with another compatible wetland centre.  
Even if you cannot work with a school to take part in the video conferences, there are other ways to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with WLI. 
Individuals at home, municipal governments, and businesses can all reduce the light pollution they cause. Your activities could include:
  • Doing an audit of your wetland centre lighting, and announcing any changes you make
  • Leading campaigns of petitions and letter-writing to local governments and large building operators asking them to change their lighting practices 
Guidelines for World Migratory Bird Day
The Convention for Migratory Species is producing guidelines for dealing with light pollution, the theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2022. Read the background to these guidelines here
Wetland Link International
WWT Slimbridge, UK
Tel: + 44(0)1453 891214  
www.wli.org.uk
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