Issue 7, April 2010
Welcome to the April 2010 issue of eWings, BirdWatch Ireland's email newsletter.
Spring is well and truly here, and migrant birds are streaming in all over the country. The stretch in the evenings means that we all have more time to get out and see them. If you do, please don't forget to tell us about them. Your records are vital in helping us to build up a picture of their distribution and movements - please see below for details of a couple of important projects that we need your assistance with.

Spring is also an excellent time to brush up on your birdwatching skills, as well as to learn new ones such as how to identify birdsong. We still have a few places available on our very popular Beginning Birdwatching course on Cape Clear Island on 17th-18th April: why not give yourself a treat?
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Sligo conference is a great success ... and brings a surprise or two
As regular readers of eWings will have been aware, last month BirdWatch Ireland and RSPB Northern Ireland jointly held their annual All Ireland Conference on Bird Conservation. The venue this year was Sligo and the conference proved to be a great success, with over 250 delegates attending. The focus was on seabirds, but the event also saw the launch of BirdWatch Ireland's new 10-year strategic plan, 2020 Vision (download PDF: 3MB), outlining our priorities for the future.

There were a couple of surprises for the delegates too. The first was the announcment of our Bird of the Year, as chosen by eWings readers: the winner was the Puffin, a very popular choice. The second was the unveiling of the new BirdWatch Ireland logo (see left), created for us by leading Irish designer David Suttle and world-renowned artist Killian Mullarney. We hope you like it.
Read a full report on the Sligo conference
Spring Alive - we need your Swallows, Cuckoos and Swifts!
You may already have seen your first Swallow of the year; if not, then you will soon. Whenever you do, we need you to tell us about it, and the same goes for your Cuckoos and Swifts.

Spring Alive is BirdWatch Ireland's annual project to track the arrival of common migrant species, run in conjunction with our BirdLife International partners across Europe and, for the first time this year, Africa too. The idea is that we keep track of the peak arrival dates of widespread migrants so that we can see how environmental factors such as climate change may be affecting them.

The project is run via the Spring Alive website, which also contains a wealth of factsheets, photos, sound clips, games, teachers' materials and even an animated map showing the spread of spring. We need as many people as possible to go to the Spring Alive website and tell us when they see their first migrants ... if you're reading this, then this means you!
Let us know about your Swallows, Cuckoos and Swifts
Become our fan on Facebook
BirdWatch Ireland is pleased to announce that it is now on Facebook. We're sure that a great many of you are too, so why not become a fan of ours today? It's a great way to keep up-to-date about our work, to ask us questions and to share information with other like-minded people out there.
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Irish Birds Vol.8 No.4 out now
Irish Birds is BirdWatch Ireland's annual ornithological journal, publishing papers and notes on all aspects of birds in Ireland as well as reports on rarities, scarce migrants, rare breeders and ringing recoveries.

Vol.8 No.4 has just been published and is now available for purchase from our Wings shop. If you have a Key Membership of BirdWatch Ireland your copy will be posted to you automatically.
Buy Irish Birds Vol.8 No.4 now for 20 euro, plus P&P
Bird Atlas summer season has begun
The penultimate breeding season for our Bird Atlas project began on 1st April, and more than ever we need your help to ensure that we get Ireland covered. Thanks to the efforts of a dedicated band of Atlasers across the country the maps for both the winter and breeding season are starting to take shape, but many gaps remain where your bird records are urgently needed.
Find out what you can do to help fill the Bird Atlas gaps
BirdWatch Ireland would be nothing without the support of its members: if you are not already a BirdWatch Ireland member, please do consider joining us today. You already know some of the valuable work that we do, and as a charity we rely on the funds we receive from our members to carry it out. There is a lot in it for you too: BirdWatch Ireland members receive our quarterly Wings magazine, as well as a special membership pack and gift and the opportunity to attend a huge range of local events and visit our nature reserves.

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Good Bird Watching,
Oran O'Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, BirdWatch Ireland
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