Saving migratory waterbirds and the places they live


Wherever they are, migratory waterbirds sense the change of the season and start a northward migration to habitats where they nest and raise their chicks. In the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF), the most intrepid traveller is the Bar-tailed Godwit, which migrates from New Zealand to Alaska (USA) as far as 15,000 km, stopping in the Yellow Sea to refuel.
#WelcomeWaterbirds is a celebration of their annual journey throughout 22 countries along the EAAF. It is inspired by the Farewell Shorebirds campaign initiated by BirdLife Australia to see them off from Australia. The migratory waterbirds are a shared asset that connects people in these countries regardless of their location, language, or country border. Wherever you are in EAAF, join us in bidding farewell or welcome to our migratory waterbirds to wish for their safe journey and successful breeding.

Join our #WelcomeWaterbirds campaign:

Central Park in Songdo, South Korea © Eugene Cheah
Central Park in Songdo, South Korea © Eugene Cheah

Let’s go out, watch bird migration with your friends and family members, and share your photograph of birdwatching to spread the fun of it and the wonder of migration to your friends and the wider world! Find more

Let’s see who is travelling now?

We welcome your migratory waterbird sightings to the pages below!

Spoon-billed Sandpiper at Khok Kham © Smith Sutibut  Shorebirds

little-curlew-BH-in-field-small Little Curlew

grey-plover Grey Plover

Anatidae  Anatidae (Ducks, Geese and Swans)
WhitenapedCraneWu  Cranes
Oriental White Stork in Poyang Lake   Storks – available soon
bfs-hk_Owen Chiang2  Black-faced Spoonbill

Links related to the migration 2017:

Links for 2016

Links for 2015

Links for 2014

‘To Our Winged Travellers‘ is an interactive art project to celebrate the annual migration of migratory waterbirds. Since May 2015, over 2000 people participated in the project via online and at the local bird events in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF). The project started in South Korea and messages were delivered to other countries in the EAAF, such as Australia, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. Please help us keep the greetings coming and ‘flying’ out to their next destination! Read more


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