Do you know your birds?
What is the smallest bird by weight in the world? Which European princess had a bird named after her? What unusual morphological feature is shared by Common Swift Apus apus, Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops and Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti? If you think you can answer these questions, a quiz has been launched today which is made for you.
Bob Scott, the ornithologist, tour leader and pioneering RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) reserve warden, who became head of RSPB Reserves, died last year at the age of 70. To celebrate his life a nature-based quiz has been launched today. It aims to raise £25,000 for the conservation of trans-Saharan migrant birds in West Africa and is available for download now.
"Bob loved every continent he visited, but Africa got under his skin", said Ann Scott - Bob's widow. "Whenever he came back from Africa he was desperately sad. I quote him: 'So much needs to be done and so little can be done without the resources and the will.' Now the situation is even worse than when Bob was there, and that is why I am seeking your help in raising money which will be used to meet some of those needs, for the survival of our migrant birds."
... for the survival of our migrant birds —Ann Scott
To ensure that the money raised is used in the best way possible to reverse the catastrophic decline in birds which spend their non-breeding period south of the Sahara, the RSPB, British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), the World Land Trust and BirdLife Partners - Naturama (BirdLife in Burkina Faso), VBN (BirdLife in The Netherlands) and DOF (BirdLife in Denmark) - are all working together.
The quiz is available to download from www.justgiving.com/Bob-Scott-Appeal. To enter, you are asked to make a donation of at least £5. Prizes have been provided by BirdGuides, Sunbird Tours, Swarovski and Simon King. The closing date for entries is 30th September 2010, and winners will be announced on 30th October.
More details of the quiz and the appeal, together with Ann Scott's memories of Bob, and his inspirational impact on generations of birders, can be found on the BirdGuides website.
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