• 2022 World Migratory Bird Day Celebration in North Sumatra, Indonesia

    Group photo of participants ©️ WHIS The eastern coast of North Sumatra, Indonesia, is one of the most important wintering and stopover grounds for some of the migratory shorebird populations on the East Asian-Australasian flyway. One site is on the east coast of Batubara regency is an important site for Nordmann's Greenshank, Great Knot, Far Eastern Curlew, Asian Dowitcher, Curlew Sandpiper, Bar-tailed Godwit, and other shorebirds.. However, limited information and knowledge about migratory shorebirds in the area hinder the conservation to tackle the threats to migratory shorebirds, such as hunting. Therefore, the Wild Heritage of Sumatra Foundation (WHIS) which pays attention in-depth study and conservation of migratory shorebirds in the east coast of North Sumatra, especially in Batubara Coastline, conducted  education programme to three elementary school students on the east coast of Batubara Regency, i.e UPTD SDN 06 Durian Village and UPTD SDN 18 Lalang Village Medang Deras sub-regency and UPTD SDN 16 Gambus Laut Village, Lima Puluh Pesisir sub-regency, in line with the World Migratory Bird Day. Group photo with students during art-drawing competition ©️ WHIS At least 180 students and 19 teachers from Medang Deras Sub-regency and Lima Puluh Pesisir Sub-regency joined the activities through the event held on 27 – 28 May 2022. The activities included storytelling to “Introduction the migratory shorebirds”, drawing competition for 134 students, photo exhibition and short film screening “Migratory Shorebirds in Batubara coastline”. The event began with an opening speech from WHIS and the head of the elementary school. WHIS conveyed that the purpose of this event was to raise awareness and educate elementary school children and teachers regarding the importance of their location as a stopover for migratory shorebirds in North Sumatra. So, together, we must protect these migratory shorebirds from hunting. Students during the art-drawing competition ©️ WHIS Students participating in the art-drawing competition ©️ WHIS In the future, WHIS will try to carry out similar activities to two other elementary schools, which are also located on the east coast of Batubara Regency. The targeted schools are schools that are included in the landscape plan for the conservation of migratory shorebirds on the east coast of the Batubara regency. These schools are in the villages of Durian, Pematang Nibung, Medang, Lalang, Gambus Laut and Perupuk. The students who took part in this activity were very enthusiastic, they listened and asked questions about migratory shorebirds. This activity was the first time for them, so they were very happy to participate in the whole series of events. They hope that activities like this will be held every year in their schools. It’s hoped that with this initial activity, the young generation on the east coast of Batu Bara Regency can recognize migratory shorebirds and become future conservation cadres. Students look at photos and memorize the names of migratory shorebirds ©️ WHIS Watch the video of the WMBD activities by Wild Heritage of Sumatra Foundation (WHIS): Embed the link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IJyImu7FP8 Article prepared by Wild Heritage of Sumatra Foundation (WHIS).


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  • New EAAFP key species factsheet

    The EAAFP Secretariat has recently produced a set of factsheet for eight key species of East Asian – Australasian Flyway. It is one of the actions from the EAAFP…


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  • Overview of Kamchatka field season 2017: timing of post-breeding migration suggests Arabian Gulf Great Knot “EI” had a successful breeding season, and many other stories

    Dmitry Dorofeev Researcher in All-Russian Research Institute for Environmental Protection and PhD student in Moscow State University (Continue reading in Russian:  Исследование…


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  • Migration of the Bar-tailed Godwit Y5RBRL

    23 August 2017 Global Flyway Ecology – Team Piersma Ginny (Ying Chi) Chan, Theunis Piersma and Chris Hassell from Royal NIOZ Netherlands…


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  • Studies show climate change having an adverse effect on migrating waterbirds

    Spike Millington, Chief Executive EAAFP Secretariat It is well known…


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  • “Farewell to Godwit” Events in New Zealand

    David Lawrie, P?korokoro Miranda Naturalists Trust A number of events are held in New Zealand during late February…


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  • Satellite tracking of migratory birds to take flight this year

    9 January 2017 Today Online NParks plans…


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  • Adelaide’s bird sanctuary joins global flock

     11 January 2017 Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources of Government of South Australia Red Necked Stints…


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  • Saving the Bar-tailed Godwit (video)

    Read in Chinese: 6 December 2016, The Paulson Institute Every autumn, the Bar-tailed Godwit…


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  • 湿地•视频︱拯救神奇候鸟我们有时间

    选择其他语言: 保尔森基金会 科学家们至今仍未完全了解水鸟迁徙的奥秘。   斑尾塍鹬从阿拉斯加一路南下飞往新西兰,中间不曾停歇。 如果候鸟遇上顺风,它们的时速有时最快可达60英里! 鸟类为什么要迁徙,又如何迁徙?鸟类在长途飞行中如何找到自己的迁徙路线?它们为何要成群结队地迁徙?它们又如何知道什么时候应该出发去繁殖下一代或是前往过冬地? 科学家尚不能完全确定鸟类如何找到迁徙路线。但是,我们可以从美国国家地理学会的解释中窥见一斑。 “候鸟体内似乎有一个全球定位系统(GPS),这个系统帮助它们每年沿着同样的路线迁飞。幼鸟可能借助太阳和星星的方位来定向,而一些研究人员则认为鸟类也能辨认出地标。 鸟类身上的某些器官也使得它们有出色的定位能力。鸟的眼睛与名为“神经簇N”的大脑区域互动,而该区域也许可以帮助鸟类辨别北方。鸟类内耳细胞中的铁微粒也可帮助鸟类辨识方向。 最令人感到惊奇的是,鸟喙也为鸟类的定位做出了贡献。它能帮助鸟类准确定位自身所处的位置。一些研究人员认为,鸟类可以在迁徙过程中嗅出自己的路线。这种“嗅觉地图”可以帮助鸟类确定地势与地形。联结喙与脑的三叉神经则帮助鸟类估算自己的准确位置。研究人员认为,三叉神经能帮助鸟类评估地球磁场的强度,两极磁场较强,而赤道磁场较弱。 鸟类如何导航? 美国国家地理学会给出了以下解释: 眼:利用太阳和星辰的位置定位。眼与脑之间的化学反应、利用磁场导航的能力同时起作用,使得鸟类感知方向,判断哪个方位是北方。 喙:鸟类可以运用“嗅觉地图“来闻出它们周围的路线,鸟类的嘴部神经有助于它们确定由地球磁场和地球本身导致形成的飞行角度,这就有助于鸟类调整飞行方向,前往某一特定特点。 耳:鸟类内耳中的铁微粒帮助它们通过地球磁场辨识方向。   原文: http://www.paulsoninstitute.org.cn/index.php/paulson-blog/2016/11/02/video-the-miracle-of-migratory-shore-birds/


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