HKUST Fire Bird Team named Joint Champion of WWF’s Big Bird Race 2016

A HKUST Fire Bird Team formed by 5 MSc EHS students and 1 UST alumnus has won the Champion and University Cup at the Big Bird Race 2016 on 30 January, an annual bird watching event organized by WWF-Hong Kong. The team recorded 159 bird species over the course of the 12-hour race.

This year, 17 teams were competing in the Race and aimed to raise funds to enhance Mai Po’s reedbeds in hopes that the habitat will provide a waystation for more migratory birds during their long journey. We hope that our students not only enjoyed the Race but also contributed to the conservation work of the Mai Po Nature Reserve.

Well done, HKUST Fire Bird!

For more information on the Big Bird Race 2016, please visit

Our BBR winning team was interviewed by Oriental Daily, please visit for details.