How they do it in Colombia – bird conservation and kids

International Migratory Bird Day Celebrations:  Just look at those angelic faces, turning out to celebrate their unique place in the world as a home to migratory birds!

International Migratory Bird Day celebration. Children from the rural school Germania near San Vicente de Chucurí, Santander, Colombia. May 2012

Here’s a description of International Migratory Bird Day from the link above, but Fundacion ProAves:

“International Migratory Bird Day

Celebrate the amazing voyages made every year by migratory birds. Sadly though, via the destruction of habitat and other man-made causes, many crucial areas these birds depend upon for refueling and overwintering are quickly disappearing.

Fundación ProAves dedicated to protect birds of all kinds, created the Cerulean Warbler Bird Reserve in 2005, making it the first reserve in Colombia and Latin America to specifically protect a species of migratory bird.

Every year around 197 species of migratory birds visit Colombia in search of warm locales to refuel and wait out the cold winter months of different latitudes. And for this very reason, ProAves will host a Migratory Birds Festival with the objective of generating community interest in learning more about these extreme travelers and the importance of preserving their rapidly decreasing habitats.”

Just one example of how we are linked through migratory birds: the big excitement of the weekend at the Oklahoma Ornithological Society‘s spring meeting to Cherokee County (Ozark Region) was a Cerulean Warbler seen at TNC’s Nickel Preserve.

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