The Big Bird Race is WWF-Hong Kong’s longest-running fundraising event. Established in 1984, the funds raised directly contribute to the conservation and management of the Mai Po Nature Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention.
2017 marks the 34th anniversary of the race. The race has grown and evolved over these three decades but has always generated great enthusiasm among bird-watchers, both local and, more recently, overseas. Aside from the pure enjoyment of the competition, participants also have the opportunity to sharpen their bird-watching skills and improve their knowledge of birds.
This is how it works
The Big Bird Race is a 12-hour bird-watching “race”. Bird-watchers work together in teams of four to record as many bird species as possible during this time. Every species recorded must be seen or heard by all members of the team. Geographically, teams may start anywhere in Hong Kong, but must return to the Mai Po Nature Reserve at the end of the race. A judge will examine each team’s Log Books to determine the winners.
Teams may begin bird-watching on their own at 6 a.m. anywhere in Hong Kong. Participants may wish to carry their own binoculars and bird guides to assist with bird spotting. As Mai Po and Tai Po Kau accommodate a large variety of birds, they have been the most popular sites for most participants over the years; however participants are welcome to use their own bird-watching sites as well.
Teams are required to record every bird species they see or hear in their Event Log Book. They are also required to return to the Mai Po Nature Reserve Visitor Centre at or before 6 p.m. and turn in their Log Books to the adjudicator. The adjudicator will examine the accuracy of each record, making reference to a number of factors such as the weather, the latest migratory bird population and others. They will also compare the results of the different teams to see if there are any anomalies or irregular records. The adjudicator will then make a professional judgment and determine the winning team.Date: Saturday, 4 February 2017
Time: 6am – 6pm
Place: Geographically, teams may start anywhere in Hong Kong, but must return to the Mai Po Nature Reserve at the end of the race.
For full information on rules and terms of participation please visit their website
About WWF: WWF was founded in 1961 by a group of passionate and committed individuals with the vision and determination to change the future – for good of the natural world and for all life on Earth.
Today, WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected conservation organizations, with a network active in more than 100 countries. WWF is currently carrying out more than 1,300 conservation projects around the planet – from small-scale local conservation projects to large-scale species protection projects which span all continents.
WWF-Hong Kong was founded in 1981 and is an integral part of WWF’s global network. Their work began with managing Mai Po Nature Reserve and conserving iconic species. Over the years, they have expanded and adjusted their mission to better serve Hong Kong’s conservation and education needs and align themselves with WWF’s global strategy.