The festival was launched on 16 October on the premises of the Jardín Botanico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis, where more than 200 people participated in the national opening of the Festival. The launch was attended by students from the Instituto Técnico Industrial Francisco José de Caldas and Distrital Eduardo Umana Mendoza Schools, as well as employees of the Jardín Botanico and other guests.
A play performed by the students of Colegio Distrital Eduardo Umaña Mendoza
Students of the Instituto Técnico Industrial Francisco José de Caldas
The Festival is a national event, including the participation of municipalities and cities from all over the country. San Vicente de Chucuri, Santander is one such city; here the Festival was held from the 1st to the 23rd of October, and included radio programs, ecological walks, talks, workshops, and a parade through the main streets of the city, culminating in a ceremonial performance at the municipal theater.
Parade in San Vicente de Chucuri, Santander
Another city that celebrated the Festival was the Córdobas in the department of Córdoba. The city developed workshops and observational outings directed at students. There were also talks and dynamic events and teachings in Jardín and Urrao, Antioquia which culminated in a parade that included the participation of more than 400 children of the town of Jardín.
Outings for bird watching in los Córdobas and Canalete
Parade of Migratory Birds Jardín, Antioquia
Observation route Jardín, Antioquia
In Génova, Quindío department, the festival closed with a parade accompanied by the city marching band, included the participation of local schools, and ended with an award for the migratory bird drawing contest. In Roncesvalles, Tolima, the Festival was celebrated with workshops in rural and urban schools of the town, rural outings to view birds, and parades with more than 200 people from the town participating.
Festival in Génova, Quindío
Parade in Roncesvalles, Tolima
It was similar in the village of Puerto Pinzón in the municipality of Puerto Boyacá, and in Bogotá also migratory bird workshops were held, directed at students from different schools.
In this way, Colombia celebrated and recognized the arrival of these extreme travellers, achieving the engagement of children, adults, educational and government institutions and communities in order to preserve and secure these birds’ return in each migratory journey.
Nationwide media coverage
During the days of the Festivals, there was wide coverage by national and international communications media who received and widely disseminated the importance of the Festival. More than 30 notices and interviews were published in some of the most important news sources of the country, such as El Tiempo, Revista Semana, Canal RCN, Canal CityTv, Canal Capital and Agencia EFE; similarly information was published in the web pages of Mexico, Spain, and Panama.
1. Periódico El Tiempo. Sección Medio Ambiente Oct. 17 de 2009.
2. Revista Semana. Página 16 del 19 al 25 de Oct. de2009.
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