Friday, 11 September 2015

Wader poem for Wader Quest

In July I wrote a poem about waders for Wader Quest.   This is an extract from their July 2015 Newsletter.

Wader Quest - Newsletter July 2015

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig at Hudsonian Godwit twitch
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

Waders : A poem by Mya-Rose “Birdgirl” Craig

Long legs
lots of different colours:
brown, grey, black
many species of waders.

They wade into the water
for bugs in the muddy marshes.
The beetles are their favourite!
Beady black eyes,
long bills,
pointy bills,
curly bills,
to probe the mud for lunch!

Long, thin or fat bodies,
waders vary,
their call is theirs
no sound bite to copy.

Humans drain the wet
lands to reclaim
land for themselves.
So your habitat is in danger, waders 
Yes, you are endangered! 

Dedicated to Wader Quest By Mya-Rose Craig, Birdgirl In collaboration with Ita O'Donnell

Hudsonian Godwit, Meare Heath, Somerset Levels
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig


7-8 November 2015 was Wader Conservation World Watch, which I took part in seeing a Purple Sandpiper. These are a couple a pages out of the Wader Quest special Newsletter:

About the Writer

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig on Scilly
Photograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig 

Mya-Rose Craig is a 13 year old young birder, naturalist, conservationist, environmentalist, writer and speaker. She is based near Bristol and writes the successful Birdgirl Blog, with posts about birding and conservation from around the world. She loved seeing Mountain Gorillas in East Africa and is looking forward to watching Penguins in Antarctica in December 2015, which will be her 7th continent. 

Mya-Rose is a Bristol European Green Capital 2015 Ambassador along with Kevin McCloud, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Tony Juniper, Simon King, Miranda Krestovnikoff and Shaun the Sheep! See the full list of Bristol 2015 Ambassadors. She has also been listed with the singer songwriter George Ezra and actress Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones as one of Bristol's most influential young people. Please like her Birdgirl Facebook Page and follow her on Birdgirl Twitter

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