World Migratory Bird Day 2017

Their Future is Our Future

A Healthy Planet for Migratory Birds and People

What is World Migratory Bird Day?

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was initiated in 2006 and is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It has a global outreach and is an effective tool to help raise global awareness of the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.

Have a look at some of the resources that the library holds:


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1. Seabirds of the world : secret realm of the ocean’s wanderers / David Tipling

The rarely seen and exciting world of seabirds is illustrated in all its glory in this new book from renowned wild life photographer David Tipling, who has trekked to remote and beautiful locations around the world.  Showcases 150 amazing photographs of seabirds in the wild.  Chapters are arranged in subjects such as Courtship, breeding, feeding, migration, and so on. The many beautiful images come straight from the authors’ own collections which have been built up over many decades.

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2. Birds of the world / photographs by Gilles Martin ; text by Myriam Baran ; translated from the French by Simon Jones

Through photography and informative text, this volume illustrates the migratory habits, survival techniques and evolution of some of the most breathtaking and magnificent birds on the planet.

3. The homing instinct : meaning and mystery in animal migration / Bernd Heinrich

Heinrich explores the fascinating science behind the mysteries of animal migration: how geese imprint true visual landscape memory over impossible distances; how the subtlest of scent trails are used by many creatures, from fish to insects to amphibians, to pinpoint their home;

and how the tiniest of songbirds are equipped for solar and magnetic orienteering over vast distances. Most movingly, Heinrich chronicles the spring return of a pair of sandhill cranes to their pond in the Alaska tundra.

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4. Winged sentinels : birds and climate change / Janice Wormworth ; Cagan Sekerciogl

The ability of the birds to show us the consequences of our own actions is among their most important and least appreciated attributes. Despite the free advice of the birds, we do not pay attention. From ice-dependent penguins of Antarctica to songbirds that migrate across the Sahara, birds’ responses provide early warning signs of the impact of climate change. Winged Sentinels: Birds and Climate Change uses colourful examples to show how particular groups of birds face heightened threats from climate change, and to explore how we can help birds adapt in a warming world.

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5. Art in nature / David Rennie

In 2013, David Rennie won the Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year competition.  In this magnificent book, David has included just a taste of the strikingly memorable images that now comprise his vast collection. Most are taken at the Mandurah Wetlands, south of Perth. Encompassing over 26,000 hectares, these wetlands are home to over 140 species of bird, with many migrating every year from as far away as Russia.

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6. Coastlines : the story of our shore / Patrick Barkham ; illustrated by Emily Faccin

Told through a series of walks beside the sea, this is a story of the most beautiful 742 miles of coastline in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: their rocks, plants and animals, their views, walks and history, and the people who have made their lives within sight of the waves. As he travels along coastal paths, visits beaches and explores coves, Barkham reflects on the long campaign to protect our shoreline from tidal erosion and human damage and weaves together fascinating tales about every aspect of the coast – from ancient conquests and smuggler’s routes, to exotic migratory birds and bucket-and-spade holidays – to tell a more profound story about our island nation and the way we are shaped by our shores.



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7 . Where do the birds go? : a migration mystery / by Rebecca Olien

In graphic novel format, text and illustrations explain why birds migrate. 6 yrs+

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8 . Circle / Jeannie Baker

This is the story of the little-known Bar-tailed Godwit who, following invisible pathways that have been used for thousands of years, undertakes the longest unbroken migration of any bird, a total of 11,000 kilometres, flying from Australia and New Zealand to their breeding grounds in the Arctic …and back again. Facing hunger and treacherous conditions to reach their destination, their flight is one of bravery, tenacity and strength, and Jeannie’s stunning mixed media collages, inspired first-hand by the spectacular landscapes of Alaska and China, will amaze readers, and take them on an extraordinary visual journey to the corners of our Earth.