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Africa, it’s your turn – migratory birds need you!
Birdwatching in Cameroon; credit to C.B.C.S.
Migratory birds have already started arriving in Africa after their epic migrations from Europe and Asia. Nature is getting ready for their arrival; are you?
Nature is providing things that birds will need: budding leaves and fruits; taking insects to the air; trickling water. Millions of birds fly enormous distances every year to feed in Africa and escape the cold winter, and they need your support too. This year Spring Alive wants you to make your garden or balcony bird-friendly to help support tired birds on their magnificent migrations! We need you to spring to action and make bird boxes, bird feeders and look after your birds as they arrive.
Spring alive for birds! How you can get involved with Spring Alive in Africa this year: 1. Enter “What can I do for birds?” section on the Spring Alive website to learn how you can help birds. 2. Check the Spring Alive events calendar and birds events map on the www.springalive.net website to go to an event near you. 3. Share in the wonder of birds with others from Europe to Asia to Africa. Share your photos of migratory birds, Spring Alive events, birds in your garden, and actions to make your gardens/balconies bird-friendly on the Spring Alive facebook page: www.facebook.com/springaliveforbirds. Keep checking it for exciting photos and facts about the migratory species you can see, and tips on how to help them. 4. Get outside and take photos of migratory birds and birds in your garden as later this year we will be holding photo competitions on our flickr page: www.flickr.com/groups/springalive/ 5. What would your ideal bird-friendly garden look like? Enter the “A Perfect Garden” drawing contest to show us and you could win a pair of binoculars, supplied by Opticron. Other prizes include a White Stork wall clock and a brilliant bird book. Check at www.springalive.net/world/contest 6. Record your observations of Barn Swallow, White Stork, Common Cuckoo, Common Swift, and European Bee-eater on the website. It is your turn to join, help birds and have fun! African season of Spring Alive starts TODAY.