Wadden Sea breeding birds, new research

This video says about itself:

Wadden Sea Flyway” phenomenon of migration and threats for birds

6 February 2014

Great video showing importance of migration routes and what we can do to make sure they are protected in the future.

BirdLife Partner Vogelbescherming Nederland (Netherlands Society for the Protection of Birds) helped to produce this video along with many other organizations showing the importance of the Wadden Sea Flyway.

A new report has been published about breeding birds in the Wadden Sea area in the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark, from 1991 to 2013.

A few species increased then, like great cormorants, spoonbills and lesser black-backed gulls. Other species, like shelduck and Sandwich tern, were stable. Unfortunately, there was a decline in many other species, like hen harrier, avocet and black-tailed godwit. Herring gulls are down in the Dutch and German parts of the Wadden Sea, but up in the Danish part.

Dutch Wadden Sea wildlife video

This video from the Netherlands is about the Dutch Wadden Sea and its wildlife in 2014.

Featuring birds like barnacle geese, shelduck, oystercatcher, redshank, etc.

Wadden Sea region threatened by economic plans: here.

Dutch desert island video

This video is about a Dutch ship, sailing on a summer evening to Wadden Sea desert island, or rather sandbar, Engelsmanplaat.

Mies Heerma made the video.

Dutch film on Wadden Sea on the Internet

This video is the Dutch documentary film De platte jungle (The flat jungle), by director Johan van de Keuken, from 1974. This year, it was uploaded to YouTube.

The subject of the movie is the Wadden Sea intertidal zone wetland region and its people and wildlife.

Don’t disturb migrating shorebirds, video

This is Dutch animation video, telling people not to disturb migratory shorebirds in the tidal zones of the Wadden sea region.

Birds counted, from Wadden Sea to Africa

This video is called Wadden Sea Flyway. It says about itself:

4 Feb 2014

BirdLife partner Vogelbescherming Nederland (Netherlands Society for the Protection of Birds) helped produce this video along with many other organisations showing the importance of the Wadden Sea Flyway.

From BirdLife:

Action taken for flyways – international counts and conferences working for conservation

By Rebecca Langer, Tue, 04/02/2014 – 11:00

Early in January and February events have been taking place to protect the Wadden Sea and migration routes along the East Atlantic.

Starting in January, Vogelbescherming Nederland (BirdLife in the Netherlands) and BirdLife International joined together to count migratory birds in the first comprehensive bird count along the East Atlantic. This transcontinental event brought together local communities, experienced birders and nature lovers of all ages. In total, around 1,500 bird watchers from 30 countries counted millions of waterfowl. This census will help determine where favorite spots for wintering are and where critical sites are located so that protective measures can be taken.

A video was produced in conjunction with the counts which further demonstrates the importance of migration routes and what we can do to make sure they are protected in the future.

On the 4-5 February, political measures for migration birds are being taken at the Trilateral Danish-German-Dutch Government Conference on the Protection of the Wadden Sea in Tønder, Denmark. Cooperation between the governments of these three countries started in 1978, with the aim to protect and manage the Wadden Sea as one shared nature area of international importance.

The Wadden Sea is the largest unbroken system of intertidal sand and mud flats in the world. It encompasses a multitude of transitional zones between the land, sea and freshwater environment, and is rich in species specially adapted to the demanding environmental conditions. It is considered one of the most important areas for migratory birds in the world, and is connected to a network of other key sites for migratory birds. Its importance is not only in the context of the East Atlantic Flyway but also in the critical role it plays in the conservation of African-Eurasian migratory waterbirds.

During the conference an important milestone will take place with the signing of the flyway vision. Yearly up to 12 million birds pass the Wadden Sea when commuting between breeding in the Arctic and wintering in Africa and up to 6.1 million birds can be present at the same time. Governments and organizations along the whole flyway cooperating on the conservation of migratory birds will sign an agreement to collaborate on protecting the flyway as a common heritage that connects countries and people.

Thanks to these dual efforts, migratory birds will be given the places they need in order to grow, live and breed in a safe haven as well as ensure that their important role in ecosystems across continents is valued and protected from the Arctic Circle down to the most southern reaches of Africa.

A shared vision for the conservation of the East Atlantic Flyway developed at the BirdLife Best Practices Workshop in Dakar, Senegal: here.

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Coastal bird count, from Europe to South Africa

This video, in Dutch, is about counting shorebirds in Senegal.

This January, wintering coastal birds are counted, all the way from the Wadden sea in western Europe, to South Africa. People from all (West) European and (West) African countries along these coasts will participate in the counting.

This count will help conservation of these birds, all along their east Atlantic migration flyway.

African coastal birds, photo by Barend van Gemerden

Here is a beautiful photo by Barend van Gemerden. It shows great egrets, western reef herons, curlews and redshanks along a West African coast.

Photos of some of the bird counters are here.

Wader Quest and the Shorebirds of South Africa: here.

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