BirdLife Cyprus birdwatching outings at Athalassa Park and Oroklini Lake

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To celebrate World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), BirdLife Cyprus is organising two birdwatching outings for families, one at Athalassa Park and one at Oroklini Lake to introduce young and old to the wondrous world of migratory birds and birdwatching.

 

WMBD is a global initiative to raise awareness about the need to conserve all migratory birds. Every year it focuses on a different topic.

 

This year’s theme is ‘Their Future is our Future’ and highlights human and nature interdependence, especially people and migratory animals – particularly birds, as they share the same planet and thus the same limited resources.

 

“Migratory animals contribute to our planet in quantifiable ways, such as pollination, medicine, pest control and tourism worth billions each year – as well as immeasurable cultural and aesthetic benefits,” according to a BirdLife Cyprus statement.

 

CYPRUS STOP-OVER

 

The BirdLife Cyprus events celebrating WMBD are scheduled to occur at Athalassa Park, Nicosia on May 21 from 09:30–11:00 and at Oroklini Lake, Larnaka on May 28 from 09:30–11:00.

 

Visitors will get to know some of the birds that have travelled thousands of kilometres, either to rest on the island before continuing their journey further south, or to make their nest and raise their young in Cyprus.

 

“With over 230 migratory species passing through Cyprus every spring and autumn, there’s no better place to learn more about and enjoy migratory birds,” added BirdLife Cyprus.

 

Migratory species visitors may see include Barn Swallows, Common Swifts, Bee-eaters, Grey Herons, Little Egrets, Spur-winged Lapwings, Black-winged Stilts, Kingfishers, and many more.

 

BIRDWATCHING ABC’s

 

During the outings, young and old will learn the ABC’s of birdwatching, enrich their knowledge about the natural world and, naturally enjoy viewing the birds.

 

Each outing has a 1.5-hour duration and is aimed at children aged between seven to 12 years old along with their parents/guardians.

 

“Put on your hats and sunscreen, keep your eyes and ears open, and let nature and birds work their magic,” concluded the BirdLife Cyprus announcement.

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