• Wild Migratory Waterbirds are the Victims of Bird Flu, not the Cause

    As a new bird flu outbreak hits domestic duck farms in North Jeolla province in Korea this week, we are hearing the usual speculation and misinformation about the role of migratory waterbirds in the transmission of the disease. Mild, so-called Low Pathogenic, strains of avian influenza (LPAI) occur naturally in populations of wild and domestic […]

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  • The mystery of why so many birds fly in a V formation may have been solved

    Posted on: January 16, 2014 Author: Victoria Gill Report by BBC NEWS   Scientists from the Royal Veterinary College fitted data loggers to a flock of rare birds that were being trained to migrate by following a microlight. This revealed that the birds flew in the optimal position – gaining lift from the bird in […]

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  • EAAF Migratory Shorebird Stakeholder Workshop held in Hong Kong

    December 2013 A three-day EAAF Migratory Shorebird Stakeholder Workshop was hosted by WWF-Hong Kong in early December 2013. Its aim was to focus international attention on the ecological crisis facing migratory shorebird populations along the flyway and to develop a flyway-wide Migratory Shorebird Conservation Plan. The workshop brought together 23 key stakeholders including two Government […]

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  • Introducing the improved EAAFP website

    With a busy team of interns, the EAAFP Secretariat is at work developing a better set of web resources. The improved website will continue to be a hub of information to find updates and information on all the key species, Working Groups (species expert groups) and Task Forces (conservation activities), the Flyway Site Network – […]

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  • Destination Flyways – Turning one billion tourists into one billion opportunities to protect the world’s original long-distance travellers

    In 2012, a record one billion tourists crossed international borders – a true milestone in international travel and a clear sign of the strength of the tourism sector. Destination Flyways project channels this strength into a force for global biodiversity conservation and enhanced livelihoods for local communities by creating a network of sustainable and resilient […]

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  • EAAFP Black-faced Spoonbill Working Group held on 12 October 2013 in South Korea

    The inaugural meeting of the EAAFP Black-faced Spoonbill Working Group was held on 12 October 2013 at the EAAFP Secretariat in Songdo, South Korea. The objectives of the Working Group, which includes representatives from all of the principal range states of Black-faced Spoonbill, are to: (1) preserve important breeding, staging and wintering habitats for the […]

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  • Seosan workshop to document best practice for the design and operation of wetland education centres

    The workshop on best practices for the design and operation of wetland education centres was held in Cheonsu Bay (Seosan, South Korea), home to tens of thousands of migratory waterbirds along the East Asian -Australasian Flyway, on 4-8 November 2013. Wetland education centres are essential for learning and training about wetlands for coexistence between humans […]

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  • World Migratory Bird Day 10-11 May 2014 – Save the date to celebrate our migratory waterbirds

    World Migratory Bird Day 2014 will take place on the weekend of 10-11 May 2014. Please save these dates in your calendars! World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is a global initiative devoted to celebrating migratory birds and for promoting their conservation worldwide. World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was initiated in 2006 by the Secretariat of the […]

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  • First Asia Parks Congress

    With the generous support of the Ministry of Environment of Japan, Spike Millington, EAAFP Chief Executive was able to attend the First Asia Parks Congress in Sendai, Japan on 13 – 17 November, 2013. The Congress brought together 800 representatives from protected area agencies, non-governmental organizations, research institutions and youth and civil society from 22 […]

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  • Australasian Ornithological Conference held in Auckland in December 2013

    The Australasian Ornithological Conference is a biennial bird-related conference, including scientists and bird-enthusiasts from Australia and New Zealand. This year it was held in Auckland, New Zealand in 4-7 December, 2013. Before the conference I spent a day looking at a potential EAAFP site in Manukau Harbour with David Lawrie, from Pukorokoro Miranda Naturalist Trust, […]

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