Alongside the research and other work I do with Birds Korea, I am also an elementary school teacher. In support of what we do at Birds Korea, my co-teachers and school principal gave me an opportunity to design our English winter camp with an eco theme.
Camp students were 3rd and 4th graders, and remarkably brilliant. They were very excited and curious to learn what species could be seen in the ROK. Our intention was to introduce four interesting East Asian species: White-naped Cranes, Black-faced Spoonbill, Steller’s Sea Eagle, and of course, Spoon-billed Sandpiper!
My co-teachers were very helpful in explaining why these species are endangered and why they are so special to our world. 4th graders easily got to know these species’ full names in English and Korean.
Considering this was the first time for most of these children to learn about birds, we kept the vocabulary simple. We made bird teams, awesome mascot posters, and really cool bird masks.
The students had many exciting questions. Together we talked about size, shape, behavior and especially habitat. They seemed to especially like my crane dance. I’m so grateful to my co-teachers for their support of our work. The students did fantastic work! It’s a great feeling to find these students are also stoked about birds !
Discussion of Identification of claimed Spoon-billed Sandpiper in China: Nial Moores, December 27th 2011 Sometime during 2011, I found myself added to an English-language mailing list sharing some wonderful bird information from along the Chinese coast. While much of … read more
Further Discussion of Identification of claimed Spoon-billed Sandpiper in China: Nial Moores, December 27th 2011 Yes, despite all the necessary caveats that come with trying to identify a bird from images (especially poor images) I do also have an opinion … read more
Written by Charlie Moores, 19 Dec 2011: I’m just back in from an extraordinary day at Slimbridge, the Gloucestershire HQ of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. I’ve been to Slimbridge many times over the years and know some of the … read more
Charlie Moores of Talking Naturally (and co-founder of Birds Korea!) has given us a highly anticipated and informative look inside at the Gloucestershire HQ of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Slimbridge – which is a new home to thirteen … read more
From BBC Nature News: 19 December 2011 Spoon-billed sandpipers: A rare bird odyssey BBC News features a short film of Nigel Jarrett, head of conservation breeding at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), recalling the ‘odyssey’ that Spoon-billed Sandpipers have … read more
Taimyr Gull Larus (heuglini) taimyrensis: an Update by Nial Moores Background A valuable paper by van Djik et al. (2011) in Dutch Birding provides a much-needed review of the distribution of the poorly-known Taimyr Gull Larus (heuglini) taimyrensis. On present … read more
Interestingly, a Hooded Crane Grus monacha found its way to the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge in Meigs County, Tennessee. “Hiwassee Refuge is the winter home to thousands of sandhill cranes, a U.S. species which is growing more common. Davis said there … read more
Bird News from Nigel Marven and Nial Moores December 11th, Cheorwon-Arboretum-Geum River A cool, dry dawn (c. -7C) was followed by long sunny periods, and much greyer conditions on the west coast. The morning flight of cranes in Cheorwon … read more
The Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network (ARRCN) and the Migratory Birds Center (NPMBC, Korea National Park Service) will host the 7th ARRCN Symposium on Asian Raptors from 13-16 January 2012 in Ganghwa County, Incheon, Republic of Korea. For information … read more