Big Bird Race | WWF Hong Kong


 
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Theme Bird 2019



Common name: Great Knot
Scientific name: Calidris tenuirostris
Body length: 26-28 cm
Estimated population in Hong Kong: 278 in 2016, 301 in 2010
Range: breeds in northeast Siberia, Russia, winters mainly in Australia, but also throughout the coastline of Southeast Asia



 

Professional Race

Established in 1984, Big Bird Race is WWF-Hong Kong’s longest-running fundraising event. Funds raised directly contribute to the conservation and management of Mai Po Nature Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention. Generating strong enthusiasm among bird-watchers locally and from overseas, the race has grown in the last three decades. Apart from the pure enjoyment of the competition, participants can also sharpen their bird-watching skills and improve their knowledge of birds. All local birdwatchers are welcome to team up and participate in the competition!
 


 



 


 


 

Secondary School Race

Alongside the annual professional race, this year a new race will be launched for secondary-school students, with a full day training course provided prior to the 4.5 hour race. The secondary race seeks to help young participants learn more about nature in a practical and engaging way, while grooming the next generation of bird-lovers to take part in the conservation of Mai Po Nature Reserve. This race also aims to emphasise the importance of securing the management of Mai Po Nature Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention. Results from this race will contribute to the data analysis of the Mai Po Nature Reserve management.