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 on firstname.lastname@example.org.
26 February 2018
Lecture and Q&A about the Beijing Swift for ISB Grade 2 students. Great fun and thoughtful questions!
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!
25 September 2016
Lecture at Peking University on birding as part of recruitment day for 北京飞羽 “Beijing Feathers” young birders group.
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.
22 May 2016
Keynote lecture in Nanning, Guangxi, to celebrate Citizen Science for International Biodiversity Day.
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).
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.
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.
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!
12 October 2015
Lecture at the Mingyue Education school in Shunyi on the Birds of Beijing (precursor to a field trip to Miyun Reservoir).
20 September 2015
Lecture at Peking University about “Birding: The Key To Conservation“.
14 September 2015
Lecture and classroom Q&A at Dulwich School of Beijing
Article in Beijing Kids magazine.
29 April 2015
Lecture by Birding Beijing and Q&A at the Canadian International School of Beijing.
22 April 2015
Lecture and Q&A at the International School of Beijing
12 April 2015
Birding trip with Beijing 94th Middle School to Miyun Reservoir.
24 March 2015
Lecture at Beijing’s 94th Middle School on the birds of Beijing.
22 November 2014
Birding trip to the Botanical Gardens with Beijing’s 13 Middle School.