There is not much needed for a bird enthusiast to feel really touched when learning about the struggle of a little bird species for survival. Vivian Fu knew what was needed to touch thousands of hearts worldwide when she created the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Animation Project. This outstanding international project was initiated by her from the Hong Kong Birdwatching Society and went as far as the Chukotka Peninsula. Dozens of volunteers, teachers and lots of children have been involved in the project to make the beautiful animation clip live.
The story of the animation is about the struggle of a Spoon-billed Sandpiper during migration as it faces the habitat loss and other threats across the whole flyway. Under Vivian’s coordination, schools from Russia, mainland China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and the Republic of Korea have joined and students of different ages contributed in the colouring of the drawings while learning about the issues shorebirds are facing.
“We too think it is a great project, initiated and led by the wonderful Ms. Vivian Fu in Hong Kong. We are confident that it also touched the hearts and minds of many students and not a few teachers.”
– said the renowned ornithologist, Dr. Nial Moores, the director of the organization Birds Korea.
Dr Moores shared an article with me (in Korean) written by one of the students. He says about it:
“This latter article has already been accessed by more than 12,000 viewers since posting in April – a pretty good response to an article written by a young student about her feelings and learning about the Spoon-billed Sandpiper conservation.”
While the alarm bell is still ringing for bringing back the Spoon-billed Sandpiper from the brink of extinction, there is a little hope that more and more of the next generation learns of the issues. At present, the life of those cute birds is in our hands but the future of Spoon-billed Sandpiper is in those students’ hands, who will definitely spread the word from now on.
Last, but not least here is the video including the animation.
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