World Migratory Bird Day Virtual Choir
Bowerbird Collective & The East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership
A ballad of bittersweet reflection on one of the world’s greatest natural phenomena, shorebird migration.
About The Artists
The Bowerbird Collective creates new multimedia work that tells conservation stories, with the aim of strengthening emotional connections to the natural world. We tour extensively, with a focus on performing in regional areas, deliver exceptional educational outreach opportunities to school age children, and work with national and international conservation organisations to explore nature through the arts. Our live production, ‘Where Song Began’, won a Ruby Award from Arts South Australia in 2020, and our album of threatened birdsong, ‘Songs of Disappearance’, reached #3 in the ARIA charts in December 2021.
Why We Wrote This Song
The Bowerbird Collective and the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership are thrilled to present the very first World Migratory Bird Day Virtual Choir. Celebrating the 2021 theme of the World Migration Bird Day, “Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird!”, participants from twenty countries joined forces to give their voices for migratory birds.
The work sung by the choir in this video was composed by Simone Slattery, an Australian violinist and creator of environmentally themed performances. There are no lyrics, enabling people from all over the world to participate.
The video features footage of migratory birds from across the Flyway, including Roebuck Bay, Australia, the Copper River Delta, Alaska and the shores of Southeast Asia.
Environmental Organisations We Admire
BirdLife Australia, Australian Conservation Foundation, East Asian Australasian Flyway Partnership, BirdLife International, the Wilderness Society, the Bob Brown Foundation