Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Dhaka - My Born to Bird Talk

Young birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig at Lalakal, Sylhet, Bangladesh
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

I have come to Bangladesh to go bird watching near Cox's Bazar, to see a very rare bird, the Spoon-billed Sandpiper.

Spoon-billed Sandpiper Sonadia Island, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
Taken by and copyright Baz Scampion

I was interviewed for the Bangla UK satellite station Channel S, which was shown on Ekattor TV in Bangladesh on Saturday about my birding and the Sundarbans oil spill. I have been letting people know about my world record, being the youngest person to see 3000 birds in the world and about my media attention in the UK (and around the world) over the last 12 months.

Young birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig at Lalakal, Sylhet, Bangladesh
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

I am giving a talk in conjunction with Bangladesh Bird Club about my travels (which is very funny and also aimed at people not interested in birds). There will be refreshments and snacks afterwards and I hope to be able to talk to people then.

Young birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig giving her Born to Bird talk
Photograph taken by and copyright WWT Sam Stafford
with Baz Scampion's photograph of Spoon-biled Sandpiper in the background

My talk is being filmed and there is also going to be journalists there to report on my talk and exhibition from various TV stations and newspapers. Our trip is being filmed by a three person camera crew and is being made into a film to be shown in UK and Bangladesh. I gave a high profile talk 2 weeks ago at WWT Slimbridge Festival of birds, when 3 people came from the BBC to film me.

As it is a Friday, I hope that there will be no hortal on Friday and I would be really pleased if as many people as possible can make it. I understand that it is not easy to drive in Dhaka at the moment, but still hope it will be safe enough to come.

Full details of the talk are set out below:

Bangladesh Bird Club Event with 12 year old Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl

The Bangladesh Bird Club invite you to join special guest 12 year old Mya-Rose Craig, young ornithologist, conservationist, writer and world record breaker, for a unique gala fundraising evening at Long Beach Suites Hotel, House # CEN 4 (G), Road #104, Gulshan-2, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh at 4.00 pm on Friday 20th February 2015. This is sure to be a wonderful afternoon of stories and anecdotes. 

The Bangladesh Bird Club, Bangladesh’s oldest not-for-profit conservation organisation and the only one dedicated to its unique birdlife, present an exclusive afternoon with this young and inspiring birder. She will speak of her passions, birds, wildlife and travel. Mya-Rose is a Bangladeshi living in Britain and has a particularly love of Bangladesh and its birds.

Mya has been birding all her life and became the youngest person to see 3,000 birds when she was only 11 years old. She has now seen more than a third of the world’s birds and in her talk “Born to Bird”, she talks about her passion for birds and tales along the way. She has had much media attention including from the BBC who sent a three person team to film her recent talk. Her trip and talk will be filmed for use by various channels and events. Journalists will also be attending the event.

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig with Dannie Godwin, BBC Natural History Unit
Photograph taken by and copyright 
Helena Craig

The ‘voice of young birding’ and Ambassador for World Shorebirds Day

As Ambassador of the international conservation initiative, World Shorebirds Day, she is helping raise awareness about shorebirds and their conservation.

She will give a captivating talk on being born into a birding family, her path to 3,700 birds and her passion for conservation, particularly saving the Spoon-billed Sandpiper and the Sundarbans oil spill.

Mya hopes you will all attend to enjoy an entertaining afternoon to help Bangladesh birds enjoy a bright future.

Event details

Before Mya-Rose’s talk, you will have an opportunity to browse the raffle prizes, followed by welcomes from a Bangladesh Bird Club Member, followed by the engaging Birdgirl.

Date: Friday 20 February 2015
Venue: Long Beach Suites Hotel, House # CEN 4 (G), Road #104, Gulshan-2, Dhaka 1212


15.30–16:15 Reception

16:15–16:30 Bangladesh Address

16:30–17:30 12 year old Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl giving her talk “Born to Bird”
17:30–18.30 Tea and Coffee, snacks and charity raffle

Tickets Tickets are free but please e-mail Bangladesh Bird Club or to be placed on the list as ticket numbers are limited.

Raffle tickets will be on sale with prizes including binoculars.

About the Writer

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

Mya-Rose Craig is a 12 year old young birder, conservationist, 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 has recently 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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