Make your garden or balcony bird-friendly with Spring Alive!
Soon, migratory birds will be arriving in Europe and Asia from their wintering grounds in Africa.
Nature is getting ready for their arrival; are you?
Nature is preparing for spring and providing everything that birds will need: thawing frozen lakes; waking animals from hibernation; budding leaves and berries; and taking insects to the air. Millions of birds fly enormous distances every year to feed and breed in Europe and Asia, and they need your support too.
All along their migratory routes, children and adults will be excitedly preparing for the arrival of birds with Spring Alive, an international project that launches its 2015 season this week. Spring Alive is a BirdLife educational conservation initiative organised by OTOP (BirdLife in Poland) that encourages children to take action for the conservation of the migratory birds they learn about.
This year Spring Alive wants you to make your garden or balcony bird-friendly to help support tired birds on their magnificent migrations! We need you to spring to action and make bird boxes, bird feeders and look after your birds as they arrive. Spring Alive educational events and its web page will teach children and adults how. With a record number of 3.9 million people reached through Spring Alive in 2014, this is potentially a strong force for the celebration and care of migratory birds on the African-Eurasian flyway.
As well as the bird-friendly garden theme this year, every year by posting their first sightings of Barn Swallow, White Stork, Common Cuckoo, Common Swift, and European Bee-eater on thewww.springalive.net website, children from Europe, Central Asia and Africa create a real-time map of the incredible journeys these birds take every year. As well as by these migratory routes, Eurasian and African schools are also connected with matching initiatives like ‘Spring Twins’.
Migratory birds face threats from climate change including drought and mis-timing of the emergence of insects; agriculture; urbanisation; and hunting. With appreciation and support of local children, hopefully these birds can find enough food and shelter to continue to return year after year.
Spring alive for birds!
More information about Spring Alive campaign here.