WWF Big Bird Race 2012

11 Nov

Most people know the WWF for their work with the big animals: pandas etc. But did you know that, since 1983, WWF-Hong Kong has actively managed the Mai Po Nature Reserve (a 380 hectare area in Deep Bay), located on the northwestern corner of Hong Kong which is among Asia’s finest locations for wetland biodiversity? By continuously developing research and education facilities while carrying out extensive conservation work to maintain the wetlands, WWF’s management of Mai Po makes every effort to enhance the potential of this important and outstanding ecological sanctuary.

To support their efforts an annual bird watching race is held. The Big Bird Race 2012 will be held on 11th February (Saturday) 2012, from around 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

This race is open to all bird watchers with each team comprising of four members who must participate in the entire Race (no replacements of individuals can be made during the race period). An additional non-birdwatching driver and recorder are allowed to accompany each team. The team will aim to record as many birds as they can see within 12 hours anywhere in Hong Kong. The team may start anywhere, but must finish at the car park of Mai Po Nature Reserve.

There are 3 ways for you to support the Big Bird Race 2012:
1. Form a team to participate
2. Sponsor a team or a team member online or download the sponsorship form
3. Make a general donation online or download the donation form
Deadline for team participation is 30 November 2011.

Date: 11 February 2012, Saturday

Time: 6:30am-6:30pm

Location: Mai Po Nature Reserve

About Big Bird Race:
The Big Bird Race (BBR) is WWF’s longest-running flagship event, raising funds for conservation since 1983. The funds raised from this event will directly contribute to the conservation work in Mai Po Marshes Wildlife Education Centre and Nature Reserve which in 1995 was listed as a “Wetland of International Importance” under the Ramsar Convention.

In 2011, 10 teams recorded 211 bird species among them in this 12-hour bird race, with over HK $ 1million raised. These funds were mainly allocated to restore habitation in Biodiversity Management Zone 4 of the Mai Po Marshes to benefit the black-faced spoonbill.

About WWF-Hong Kong:
WWF is a leading global conservation organisation, with a global network active in more than 100 countries.

WWF’s mission is to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. WWF was founded in 1961 with headquarters based in Switzerland. Operating for nearly fifty years, WWF has forged unprecedented global partnerships with governments, other NGOs and the private sector, and has inspired individuals to take action and make a difference.

WWF-Hong Kong has been working since 1981 to deliver solutions for a living planet through Conservation, Footprint and Education programmes.

Volunteering: Volunteering for WWF is a great way to get personally involved in local conservation and for experience working in environmental protection. WWF welcomes volunteers at a range of levels, from office assistance to fundraising and even field work at sites such as Mai Po in Hong Kong. Visit their website for more information, to fill out an online form, download their volunteer form or email WWF-Hong Kong.

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