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Why #WaterbirdsCount: April

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  • International Waterbird Census
  • Species
  • Wetland values, status and trends

As part of our campaign to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Waterbird Census, we asked our partners to share their favourite images of wetlands and waterbirds. This month we share photos and stories from key sites along the East-Atlantic Flyway, taken as part of the work under the Wadden Sea Flyway Initative.

People puzzled for centuries at the miraculous appearance and disappearance of birds at certain times of the year. What happened to them? Where did they go? Slowly we pieced together the amazing stories of their annual migrations, realising that these tiny creatures connected places that were worlds apart. We also learnt that this means a shared responsibility across many borders and cultures for their protection and management. Loss or degradation at any wetland site in the chain may lead to catastrophic collapse for whole populations. This month we follow the journey of waterbirds migrating along the East Atlantic, with photos from important wetlands in 8 countries, showing their beauty, the threats they face and how we are working together to protect them.  Visit the Wadden Sea Flyway Initiative website to find out much more about this work!