WWF launches Mini-Race to promote birdwatching activity



Posted 16 February 2007
WK Leung
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WWF launches a Mini-Race birdwatching competition to promote public interests in birdwatching as a wholesome hobby, particularly beneficial to busy urban lives and to encourage enjoyment of Hong Kong’s natural heritage.

With a land area of only 1,095 square kilometres, Hong Kong is an excellent place for birdwatching. It holds over 470 species of birds which is roughly a third of the total number of bird species in whole China. Finding and identifying different bird species would be challenging, fun and good for your health. Therefore, WWF has been promoting birdwatching by organizing the Big Bird Race (BBR) for the past 23 years.

The BBR is an annual charity event of WWF which helps to raise funds for our conservation and education programs. Over the years, the BBR has raised essential funds for the management and maintenance of Mai Po as well as facilitating the research work at the reserve. This annual race is a unique and exciting event in which experienced birdwatchers try to record as many wild bird species as possible during a 24-hour period. This year, the 24th WWF BBR will be held on 23 – 24 March 2007.

To spread the interest in birdwatching to our next generation, WWF organizes the First Mini-Race on 11 March 2007 for the general public especially youngsters to join. Moreover, the upcoming event provides a unique opportunity for the general public to gain access to the normally-restricted Mai Po Nature Reserve area.

The goal of the Mini-Race is to record as many wild bird species as possible during the 4-hour race at Mai Po Nature Reserve. Each team of 3-4 members has to find its own sponsors and solicit for the minimum sponsorship amount. The competition will be divided into three groups: Open, Youth and Junior. Please see the attached application details for your reference. Information and enrolment form of the competition can also be downloaded from WWF’s website at www.wwf.org.hk and the pledge forms are available at WWF’s offices in Central, Wanchai and Mai Po. All completed pledge forms, together with cheques or credit card information, should be faxed or sent to us no later than 1 March 2007. For more details, please contact us at 2523 2316 or email at wwf@wwf.org.hk.

While the team that records the most bird species will be given the Most Birds Seen award, the team that raises the most funds will be given the Most Funds Raised award. The award of Bird of the Day will go to the team that records the most special species. The participants will also have a chance to learn more about birdwatching and Mai Po by participating in the free pre-race workshop, where experienced birdwatchers will share their birdwatching techniques and introduce key birdwatching sites at Mai Po!

While enjoying the fun of birdwatching, you can help protect our nature and your contribution today will have an impact on the environment of Hong Kong for years to come. Please help support WWF Hong Kong and our conservation and education programmes by supporting the first Mini-Race. Special thanks to Minox Germany, TurboJET and Victorinox for sponsoring the fabulous prizes.

WWF has been working in Hong Kong since 1981 to ensure a better environment for the present and future generations through implementing a wide range of focused conservation and environmental education programs in Hong Kong and South China.

Our conservation objectives are to conserve Hong Kong and China's biodiversity, improve the quality of our environment while motivating people to act to conserve our natural environment. Education is one of our key tools in pursuing our objectives. Every year our education and awareness programs reach over 140,000 students, teachers and members of the public in Hong Kong.

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