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Why #WaterbirdsCount: September

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  • International Waterbird Census
  • Species

As part of our campaign to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Waterbird Census, we invited our partners to share their favourite images of wetlands and waterbirds. For September, we thank the “Migratory Birds for People” (MBP) network for sharing their photos and stories.

The MBP network consists of 26 wetland visitor centres in 16 European and African countries. They are connected both by the birds that are seasonal visitors to their sites and their mission: to connect birds and sites to the people visiting the centres. Their approach is as diverse as it is creative – live streaming satellite tracking, photography exhibitions, social media and email updates on the birds arriving at each wetland and much, much more. Together these activities weave a story, both local and international, following the seasons but also timeless, reminding us all of the incredible journeys of birds through the year and the wetlands they depend upon.

We are very grateful for the photographs and stories that the MBP has shared and we are sorry that we only share photos from about half of this extensive network. So we extend also our appreciation to the Baltic Fund for Nature, St. Petersburg (Russia), Naturum Getterön (Sweden), Naturecenter Amager (Denmark), Oostvaardersplassen (The Netherlands), Uitkerkse Polder Bezoekerscentrum (Belgium), WWT Welney Wetland Centre (United Kingdom), Visitor Centre du Scamandre, Camargue (France), Aiguamolls l’Emporda (Spain), Chami, Banc D’Arguin (Mauritania) and De Biesbosch National Park (The Netherlands). If you want to find out more about the work at these sites and other news from the MBP, then please visit their website and check out the regular newsletter.