Contests put birds in the spotlight

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 24 February, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 24 February, 2007, 12:00am

If you care about nature, you may be interested in taking part in a series of competitions on the theme of birds.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Dance with the Birds 2007 contest includes two design and one dance competition.

The event is organised by the Conservancy Association, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, and the Environmental Protection Department.

The 'Birds in Nest' Model-making Competition and the Bird Hat Design Competition are for kindergarten, primary and secondary students.

Participants have to design a nest or hat that features the characteristics of their chosen bird species.

The dance competition, open to kindergarten students, will be held in April.

Children will don feathery costumes and portray the lives of birds, including how they gather food, nurture their offspring and protect themselves from predators.

Workshops will be conducted before the competitions to help students learn about the birds found in Hong Kong, the threats they face and other conservation issues.

'By incorporating the characteristics of birds and their life cycles into dance, children will develop a love of birds, understand their plight and take action to protect our fragile ecosystem,' said Rico Wong Tze-kang, senior project manager of the Conservancy Association.

'After the bird flu scares, parents and children might develop a phobia. We want them to understand that birds are precious and beautiful creatures. By modelling their dance moves on birds' movements, they will develop a fondness for them.'

The application deadline is March 16 and details can be found at For enquires, call Ms Hui on 2272 0330. All competitions will be held on April 13 at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium.Interested students and schools can call Ms Hui for free tickets to the dance competition.