Education

Effective conservation depends on a deep understanding of birds and their environment.    Education and awareness, especially among young people, is fundamental.  That is why Birding Beijing is committed to spreading the word, in particular to children and students, about the incredible birdlife that can be found in the Chinese capital.  In partnership with Eco Action, a Chinese organisation dedicated to promoting the environmental and sustainable development agenda, Birding Beijing helps to design, and participates in, education and awareness programmes for the capital’s schools, universities and general public.

Some information about Birding Beijing’s public engagement is below.  If you work at a school in Beijing and are interested in learning more, please contact Terry at birdingbeijing@gmail.com.

Latest Events

 

14 November 2017

Lecture and workshop at the Western Academy of Beijing’s Global Issues Conference involving students from four Beijing schools.

10-12 November 2017

Lecture and workshop at the 6th Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Gardens Birding Festival.

8 November 2017

Keynote speaker at the first Kunming (Yunnan Province) “Biodiversity Day” at the Elephant Cafe.  Honoured to be joined by China’s most famous wildlife photographer, Xi Zhinong.

8 April 2017

Interview in Jing Kids magazine about birding in Beijing.

2 April 2017

A trip to Yeyahu for first-time birders from the Beijing Energy Network to raise money for Jane Gooddall’s Roots & Shoots.  Super fun and thank you so much to everyone for the beautiful card..!

17 March 2017

A lecture and Q&A at Hepingli 4th Primary School about birds in Beijing, focusing on the journeys of the Beijing Swift and the Beijing Cuckoo.  Cool kids and some great questions.  They’ve even set up their own birdwatching society!

4 November 2016

Honoured to be the speaker at the first “Science Cafe” meeting at the International School of Beijing.  So much enthusiasm for, and great questions about, the Beijing Cuckoo Project!

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25 September 2016

Lecture at Peking University on birding as part of recruitment day for 北京飞羽 “Beijing Feathers” young birders group.

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17-19 July 2016

Keynote speech and activity leader for the International Youth Green Summer Camp, Guangzhou.  Brilliant to engage with young environmental leaders from China, US, South Africa, Kenya, Cambodia and Bangladesh.

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22 May 2016

Keynote lecture in Nanning, Guangxi, to celebrate Citizen Science for International Biodiversity Day.

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11 May 2016

Lecture and field trip to Yonghegong Lama Temple to learn about, and experience, the Beijing Swift!

6 May 2016

Lecture and classroom-based activities about the Beijing Swift with the International School of Beijing (ISB).

24 April 2016

Visit to the Beijing Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre with EcoAction’s young birders’ club.

21 April 2016

Lecture at Zigong Dinosaur Museum, Sichuan, to celebrate Earth Day.

7 April 2016

The first graduates of the EcoAction Environmental Curriculum, focusing on migratory birds, received their certificates this week.

21 October 2015

Lecture and Q&A with Dulwich College, Beijing (Key Stage 3).

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18 October 2015

Field trip to Yeyahu Nature Reserve with Beijing’s 94th Middle School.  More than 100 students and teachers participated.  Birding highlights included a GREAT BUSTARD and a stunning male BEARDED REEDLING but the favourite birds were GREAT CRESTED GREBE and RUDDY SHELDUCK.

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15 October 2015

Birding field trip to Miyun Reservoir with the Aurora Academy International, Beijing.  A brilliant and enthusiastic group of young people..  After the trip each student chose their favourite species, drew a picture of it and learned about its lifestyle, including its migration, food and habitat requirements.

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13 October 2015

Lecture and Q&A at Beijing’s 94th Middle School on the Birds of Beijing.  Some great questions including “Is it ok to kill birds as specimens?” – very topical!

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Q&A time at 94 Middle School

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12 October 2015

Lecture at the Mingyue Education school in Shunyi on the Birds of Beijing (precursor to a field trip to Miyun Reservoir).

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The Mingyue Education school in Shunyi teaches a progressive curriculum led by inspirational teacher and biology graduate, Xie Kang.
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The Oriental Plover was a firm favourite among the children.
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Testing out the bins..

20 September 2015

Lecture at Peking University about “Birding: The Key To Conservation“.

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The students took advantage of the complimentary copies of Birding Asia
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Terry introduces his lecture about the importance of birding to the global conservation effort
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In the last 50 years Earth has lost more than half of its biodiversity
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Questions from the audience included “how can we help to protect birds in our everyday lives?”
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This Beijing resident was pleasantly shocked to hear that more than 450 species of bird had been seen in Beijing!

14 September 2015

Lecture and classroom Q&A at Dulwich School of Beijing

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A vulture’s wings are more than 3 metres wide!

June 2015

Article in Beijing Kids magazine.

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29 April 2015

Lecture by Birding Beijing and Q&A at the Canadian International School of Beijing.

Students at the Canadian International School of Beijing just before the lecture and Q&A
Students at the Canadian International School of Beijing just before the lecture and Q&A

22 April 2015

Lecture and Q&A at the International School of Beijing

Elementary students at the International School of Beijing
Elementary students at the International School of Beijing

12 April 2015

Birding trip with Beijing 94th Middle School to Miyun Reservoir.

Preparing for the trip... Each student had tasks to complete to enhance their learning
Preparing for the trip… Each student had tasks to complete to enhance their learning

 

Watching Common Snipe at Miyun.
Scanning for that elusive Wigeon at Miyun.
Despite the unseasonal cold (it even snowed!), it was a fun trip.
Despite the unseasonal cold (it even snowed!), it was a fun trip.

 

24 March 2015

Lecture at Beijing’s 94th Middle School on the birds of Beijing.

Lecture at Beijing's 94th Middle School.
Lecture at Beijing’s 94th Middle School.
Some great questions during the Q&A at 94th Middle School.
Some great questions during the Q&A at 94th Middle School.
Terry with one of the pupils after the lecture at 94th Middle School.
Terry with one of the pupils after the lecture at 94th Middle School.

 

22 November 2014

Birding trip to the Botanical Gardens with Beijing’s 13 Middle School.

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Watching a Little Grebe at the Botanical Gardens
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A Red-billed Blue Magpie caused some excitement
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Showing the teacher a picture of Siberian Accentor in the “Birds of East Asia” field guide

 

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