The Secretariat of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (UNEP/AEWA) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS) are glad to announce the countdown for World Migratory Bird Day 2008. This two-day awareness raising campaign will take place globally for the third consecutive year from 10– 11 of May 2008. The theme for this year’s celebration is Migratory Birds - Ambassadors for Biodiversity.
Birds are some of the best indicators for the status and trends of wider biodiversity. They are important for monitoring changes in the environment, as they are inhabitants of virtually all ecosystems in the world.
Many sites - identified as important for birds - host numerous other threatened species of plants and animals. Therefore areas essential for birds represent hot spots for other biodiversity as well.
All through their annual cycle, migratory birds cross many countries and continents, some of them from the tundra to the tropics, linking different ecosystems. By conserving them and their environment we ensure the conservation of biodiversity on a wider scale.
World Migratory Bird Day was launched two years ago when the AEWA and CMS Secretariats saw the need for a global awareness campaign to inspire people to take action for the conservation of migratory birds.
Building upon the two very successful campaigns in 2006 and 2007, preparations for WMBD 2008 are now underway! Both the theme and the timing of WMBD 2008 coincide with the forthcoming 9th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to be held in Bonn, Germany this year. In this context the organisers hope to use WMBD to help spread the idea of migratory birds as messengers for the conservation of biodiversity worldwide.
We encourage national authorities, NGOs, clubs and societies, universities, schools and individuals worldwide to celebrate WMBD 2008 by organising awareness-raising programmes, festivals or other related events on the weekend of 10 -11 May 2008.
The Secretariats of AEWA and CMS are happy to officially announce WMBD 2008 and invite everyone to participate and look forward to another successful and global celebration with you!
Seems I've missed quite a bit of a thread all ready...
I'm very impressed with people that are able to train their birds for free flight, but I don't think I'd ever be able to relax. We've got hawks all over the place here... they dive bomb the aviary all too frequently.
Well I think you are very wise budgie buddy. These are the sorts of decisions that have to be made when free flying. Personally I think you have made the correct one.
i have a little green cheek, called Biggles, lots of pics of him in the conure section. Hes just over a year old, and i will say i do feel a bit silly with such a small bird on a lead. The aviator works a treat with landings. I like it as its hardly got any buckles, as hes so small. Ive ordered the next size up, as the head bit is a bit tight to get on and off, but his should fit my tiel. So hopefully they will both be out in the warmer weather. they get on very well, so one should encourage the other
i would not be comming to your day anyway, im in the uk, just a tad too far for a day out, even if it is all about birds ;D
Oh the lack of committment!
I think with the smaller parrots and the problems with raptors (and in Australia Kookaburras) that the harness is a good idea. It is what you feel comfortable and confident with as well. We all have our own ways. Each set of ideas adds to everyone's pool of knowledge to draw upon.
We do free fly rainbow lorikeets but a fair bit of training is involved.
Where we do the free flight training is far out of town on a farm so if a bird is a bit cheeky and flies off for a bit it doesn't matter during the training process.
Biggles sounds great. I can't wait to the the piccys of him.
Yes I went to the show I put up here. We had a lot of people come in with parrot behavioural problems so I spent a fair bit of time talking to people owned by their Birds.
The day went well.
I am the only one who does free flight but I am encouraging people to at least think about it a bit differently. Of course, there are many different ways to be with your fids. I just come up with ideas and suggestions. lol
What type of conure do you have? How old is your conure? The harness can be such a life enhancing experience for fids. It is great stuff!
I think that everything we do from playing with them, to collecting foliage to training them to collecting chick weed all makes life just a bit more interesting for them. It is exciting stuff.
Free flight is not nearly as hard and scary as many people image it is. You break down the steps in to manageable steps for your birds. It is important to teach them to "come" on signal and to "find" you on command. I recently wrote an article about training your bird to "find" you on command which is important when they can't see you outside.
You start with the "come" on command and then build up to having your T-stand around the corner and then calling your bird around the T-section of a corridor and then take them around more and more corridors as they get better at it.
Forage feeding in the home is a great way to keep your flock entertained and going foraging for the parrots is always exciting. They get excited when I arrive home, eager to see what I have brought home for them. lol I am always eager to share ideas. So I look forward to doing that with you Scully.