Issue 52, January 2014
Welcome to the January 2014 issue of eWings, BirdWatch Ireland's email newsletter.
As this is the first eWings of 2014, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers a very happy New Year. I would also like to thank all of you who are also paid-up BirdWatch Ireland members for your support: we very much appreciate it and are most grateful to you for everything you make possible.

If you are reading this and are not already a member, or if perhaps your membership has lapsed, please do consider joining or renewing your membership today. The support of members is vital for a conservation charity such as ours, and we feel confident that you will very much enjoy the benefits that membership brings, including Wings magazine, fascinating insights into Ireland's bird populations and access to over 450 events around the country each year, to name but a few. Simply click here to learn more about BirdWatch Ireland membership.

An additional way to provide support for BirdWatch Ireland and its conservation work is to become an official Business Supporter. Perhaps your business would be interested in helping to fund our work, or perhaps you know of someone who might be looking for an opportunity to contribute to our conservation efforts. Please click here to learn more about how our Business Supporter programme works.
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Using birds of prey to teach children about biodiversity
Last December, with funding from the West Offaly Enterprise Fund, BirdWatch Ireland embarked on a series of educational events in primary schools throughout Co. Offaly which focused on birds of prey as a means of teaching children about our environment. This was done in collaboration with the Heritage Council's Heritage in Schools Scheme, the primary aim of which is to "encourage awareness of the natural and cultural world that surrounds us in our daily lives and engage children in a direct experience of their heritage".

(Photo: Barn Owl chick by John Lusby)
Read how our raptor work in Co. Offaly schools has helped kids understand biodiversity
Portuguese Birdwatching Trip Competition: we have a winner!
Congratulations to Mr. Patrick Twomey of Blackrock, Co. Dublin who is the lucky winner of our recent members' competition.

Patrick wins a fantastic guided birdwatching trip for two to Southern Portugal, one of Europe's finest wildlife-watching destinations, worth over €2,500. This amazing prize is courtesy of our partners Visit Portugal Birdwatching and Birds & Nature Tours.
Click here to learn more about everything Portugal has to offer the visiting birdwatcher
Irish Birds: Volume 9 Number 4
The 2013 issue of Irish Birds, BirdWatch Ireland's annual scientific journal, is our largest edition ever. It contains a wide variety of papers relating to Ireland's birds, including the Rare Irish Breeding Bird Report, the Irish Rare Bird Report and the Irish Ringing Report for 2012, as well as a key paper on Birds of Conservation Concern in Ireland 2014-2019, and lots more besides. Order now for delivery at the end of February. Key Members of BirdWatch Ireland automatically receive Irish Birds as part of their membership.
Pre-order your copy of Irish Birds now from the BirdWatch Ireland shop for €22, plus P&P
Celebrate World Wetlands Day with us at Dublin's North Bull Island
BirdWatch Ireland is delighted to be teaming up with Dublin City Council to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2014 at Dublin's North Bull Island on Sunday, 2nd February. A whole host of wildlife-themed activities are being planned between 12:00 and 15:00 at this, one of Ireland's premier waterbird sites, so why not come along, ask us some questions, pick up some posters and let us show you some fantastic birds? The event is free and open to all.
Click here for full the full programme for the World Wetlands Day celebration (PDF: 78KB)
Panama Bay saved from destruction
Continuing with the World Wetlands Day theme, there's been a great start to 2014 for one of the world's most crucial sites for migratory waterbirds. The Bay of Panama is one of the five most important stopover and wintering areas for shorebirds in the entire Americas, yet a government redesignation left this globally-important habitat facing destruction. Our fellow BirdLife partner, the Panama Audubon Society, spearheaded the public outcry against this decision, and the country's Supreme Court has now thankfully reinstated the protected status for the Bay of Panama wetlands, removing the temporary suspension it had placed on the protected area a year ago.
Read more about the court's welcome restoration of protection for this vital site
Internship and volunteer positions with BirdWatch Ireland
BirdWatch Ireland is currently seeking to recruit a Case Work Intern for a six-month period to assist with its policy and advocacy work. The successful applicant would stand to gain experience in researching and compiling responses to a range of developments throughout Ireland.

We are also seeking volunteers to assist with our Shannon Callows Breeding Wader Project near Banagher, Co. Offaly, and specifically to help us to carry out essential maintenance work to our predator-proof fence in advance of the 2014 breeding season.
For more details or to apply for either position, please click here to visit the BirdWatch Ireland "Jobs" page
BirdWatch Ireland will be hosting training days for the Irish Wetland Bird Survey (I-WeBS) and Countryside Bird Survey (CBS) in February and March this year.

These workshops are aimed at new recruits interested in taking part, as well as current participants. In addition to training you in the skills needed to participate, the workshops are a great opportunity for us to meet you and answer any of your questions. These sessions are a must for anyone interested in getting involved in these important national surveys.

To date, training days have been confirmed in Roscommon (23rd February), Ennis (9th March) and Tipperary (22nd March). We will announce further details about the locations of these and other training days on our website in the very near future. In the meantime, please register your interest by sending an email to Helen Boland at and we will send you the details as soon as they are confirmed.

Wishing you all the very best for 2014,
Niall Hatch, Development Officer
BirdWatch Ireland
Unit 20, Block D
Bullford Business Campus
Co. Wicklow
Tel: ( 353)-(0)1-2819878

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