BirdLife Malta’s ornithologists and birders have been studying bird migration with the help of bird ringing and satellite tagging for many years. This is the way to learn about birds, but more importantly, it gives us information on how to conserve and protect these vulnerable creatures.
In September BirdLife Malta is taking part again in Science in the City in Valletta, and during this year’s edition it will show the public its scientific tools and provide insights into what it has learned from its studies on the journeys birds make every year… quite fitting since the event is taking place in September, when autumn bird migration would be at its peak.
BirdLife will also share the story of Francesco the Turtle Dove who earlier this year championed another spring, travelling no less than 4,500km to make it back safely to his breeding grounds in the south of Italy. BirdLife have been following him thanks to the small satellite tracker he has on his back. Children will also have an opportunity to learn about bird migration through games.
This year Science in the City will be celebrating its 8th birthday with the theme “The Science of You”, aimed to show how every scientific field is geared towards the advancement of the individual. The festival is part of European Researchers’ Night.