Tag Archives: Mai Po

The Big Bird Race is Back!

2 Dec

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© WWF-Hong Kong


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.

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© WWF-Hong Kong

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.

WWF Walk for Nature 2015

11 Jul

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© WWF-Hong Kong

Walk for Nature is WWF Hong Kong’s most significant educational fundraising event, which aims to engage the public about the need to protect Hong Kong’s local natural environment, and strengthen their awareness of the importance of environmental conservation. Their ‘Discovery Mai Po’ fundraising walk was first held in 1992. In 2006 the event’s name was changed to Walk for Nature, making 2015 the 24th consecutive year of this event.

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© WWF-Hong Kong

This year, Walk for Nature will be held on Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th of November. Participants can to choose one of the two days, but not both days.

By participating in Walk for Nature you will be able to discover and explore the natural beauty of Mai Po. You will also personally experience the joy of bird watching, learn about the importance of wetlands and be able to participate in entertaining game stands. The event route is about 5 km and has an estimated completion time of 3 to 4 hours.

To prevent overcrowding and minimize visitors’ effect on the environment, participants will begin their walk in different time slots. Each event day will contain 10 time slots, running consecutively at half hour intervals from 9:30AM–2:00PM. Participant can choose their preferred time slot during the registration process.

A free shuttle bus service will be provided between 8:30AM and 6:00PM on the event days to transport participants from Sheung Shui MTR station to Mai Po Nature Reserve and back again.

This event is only suitable for people aged 4 and above. For safety reasons, baby strollers and prams are not allowed in the Reserve.

Date: 7 – 8 November 2015 (Sat and Sun)
(You can choose to attend one of the two days)

Time: 9:30AM – 6:00PM
(You can begin their walk in 10 different time slots)

Location: Mai Po Nature Reserve

Cost: You can sign up as an Individual ($500 minimum donation), Family comprising of two adults and one to two youths aged 4-17 ($1,600 minimum donation), Individual Youth aged 4-17 ($350 minimum donation), and Senior 60+ ($350 minimum donation)

Walk for Nature 2015 public enrollment will begin in mid August / early September and end on 10 October 2015. For enquiries please contact WWF Hong Kong at Tel 2526 1011 or walk@wwf.org.hk or visit their website by following this link.

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© WWF-Hong Kong

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.

31st Big Bird Race (WWF)

8 Nov

section_title_eng_20096The 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.

wwf bb12015 marks the 31st 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.

How Big Bird Race 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.

wwf bb2Rules
The Big Bird Race will be held on 17 January 2015 (Saturday). The race will last for 12 hours – from 6:30am to 6:30pm.

Teams may begin bird-watching on their own at 6:30am 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.

wwf bb3Teams 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 6:30pm 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.

Participants are required to refer to The Avifauna of Hong Kong, Carey et al. 2001, written by the adjudicator. Only species listed in either Categories A to D in the book, species listed in the race Log Book, or any other species accepted by the adjudicator will form part of the count. The following restrictions also apply:

1. Birds must be unrestrained.
2. Oiled or sick birds will not be counted.
3. Species which have obviously been released from captivity within a few days of the Race will not be counted.
4. All species must be recorded within the territorial area of the Hong Kong SAR.
5. Only positively identified species are acceptable.
6. Attracting birds with tape-recorders or any type of digital audio equipment is prohibited.

The results will be announced at the Post-Event Dinner held immediately after the race. To ensure the results are fair to everybody, the adjudicator will re-examine all Log Books and release the Adjudicator’s Report one week after the race.

If you want to participate and want to know more, please visit the WWF Hong Kong website.

Date: 17 January 2015 (Saturday)

Time: 6:30am – 6:30pm (12 hour race)

Location: Bird-watching teams may begin anywhere in Hong Kong. However, participants are required to return to the Mai Po Nature Reserve on or before 6:30pm

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.