This article is a part of our Spring Alive programme, which goals encourage and educate kids throughout Africa and Eurasia concerning the wonders of nature and chicken migration. The 2020 Spring Alive season has been made doable with the assist of HeidelbergCement.
Nobody may have predicted a 12 months like 2020. There we had been, ready and excited for an additional 12 months of Spring Alive occasions, classroom actions and outings. And then the pandemic hit, throwing everybody’s plans out of the window. With public occasions cancelled, colleges closed and ranging restrictions throughout totally different international locations, you may anticipate nature to be on the backside of anybody’s priorities.
But as an alternative, one thing marvellous occurred. As the tempo of life slowed and horizons narrowed, individuals started to understand their speedy environment and the wildlife that lived there. People who’d by no means recognized a chicken or been on a rustic stroll earlier than of their life started to cherish the house, contemporary air and freedom that native nature spots may give them. It’s protected to say that 2020 was the 12 months people woke as much as nature. Spring Alive had the distinctive alternative to benefit from that enthusiasm, serving to to show this newfound respect for the pure world right into a want to find out about it and shield it.
With extra individuals entering into birdwatching than ever earlier than, Spring Alive’s 2020 message, “how one can be a very good birdwatcher,” couldn’t have been extra acceptable, offering the proper introduction to budding naturalists. Thanks to the exhausting work and innovation of our nationwide Partners, faculty lecturers and volunteers, in addition to the keenness of youngsters desperate to study, we’ve managed to maintain the Spring Alive spirit robust all through 2020. Here are only a few examples of our work.
1. Armenia: on-line nature courses
Back in May, with no probability of a area journey on the horizon, our Armenian Partner ArAves determined to take their message straight into colleges with on-line courses on the Spring Alive species, liaising straight with science lecturers. On the ArAves web site, youngsters had the chance to get artistic with the issues they’d realized, with greater than 60 budding science writers contributing to a kids’s nature weblog. The weblog additionally turned out to be a great way for youngsters with disabilities to get entangled. In addition to writing, pupils mixed their abilities to create a shocking video concerning the Egyptian Vulture.
“Another undeniable fact that makes me glad is that youngsters are working with their mother and father on these subjects,” says Siranush Tumanyan, former director of ArAves.
2. Croatia: weekly bird-themed challenges
For mother and father, one of many greatest challenges early on in 2020 was discovering actions to maintain bored kids glad at residence. Our Croatian Partner BIOM got here to the rescue with a sequence of weekly bird-themed challenges posted on their Facebook web page. From images and origami to bird-based poems and jokes, the wide selection of challenges allowed kids to discover science and nature from a distinct perspective to how it’s often taught at college. Most importantly, they saved kids and their mother and father laughing and studying by means of a troublesome time.
3. South Africa: a chicken migration board recreation
To illustrate the obstacles and challenges migratory birds expertise yearly, BirdLife South Africa developed their very personal chicken migration board recreation, particularly for the 2020 Spring Alive season. The Chasing Migration Board Game follows the journeys of seven Spring Alive mascots as they voyage from the northern to the southern hemisphere. Along their journey, gamers assist their birds to search out protected stopovers, replenish power and get to their vacation spot safely, finishing bird-themed challenges on the best way. Teams from the area people had nice enjoyable testing the sport, which may turn into the subsequent large factor…
4. Mauritania: outside studying
This 12 months in Mauritania, COVID-19 restrictions prevented kids at Noura School and Science et Savoir in Nouakchott from attending the same old World Migratory Bird Day celebrations. But that didn’t cease them from marking the day with the assistance of our Partner Nature Mauritanie. After studying about chicken migration within the classroom, they got down to put the speculation into follow, heading to Nouakchott seashore to study birdwatching strategies, chicken identification, and to play chicken migration video games out within the open air.
5. Cyprus: constructing a bird-friendly backyard
There’s nothing like a little bit of DIY to unwind from the stresses of 2020. This 12 months, BirdLife Cyprus compiled an inventory of nature-friendly actions for folks to do at residence with their kids. These included making your individual chicken tub, and detailed, step-by-step directions on how one can construct a nesting field, outlining the totally different sizes and kinds most well-liked by totally different chicken species. Not solely did these DIY initiatives straight profit birds within the space, we’re positive additionally they supplied lasting enjoyable, as birds interested in individuals’s gardens create hours of leisure.
6. Nigeria: planting the seeds of change
There’s no higher method to have fun World Migratory Bird Day than by making your space a greater place for birds. This 12 months, our Partner the Nigerian Conservation Foundation organised tree planting periods at Finima Nature Park, a patch of verdant freshwater swamp forest alongside Nigeria’s coast. Students, lecturers and members of the area people got here collectively to revive the forest’s vegetation. They additionally took half in birdwatching actions, observing the birds and wildlife that will profit from their actions.
We solely had room for a number of examples, however we wish to thank all people within the Spring Alive Partnership for his or her flexibility, ingenuity and dedication this 12 months.