Global Shorebird Counting 2017 has commenced

Hudsonian Whimbrel

Wintering ‘Hudsonian’ Whimbrel at the Pacific coast of Arica, n Chile. © Gyorgy Szimuly

The 4th Global Shorebird Counting has officially commenced for those out to the field in the far east, Australia or New Zealand. For long time participants this post is just a reminder, but for new participants this blog post is essential. Let me highlight some details.

  • Counts can be made anywhere shorebirds occur.
  • Counts can be made any time between 1-7 September 2017. Counts doesn’t need to be restricted to the actaul World Shorebirds Day which is 6 September each year.
  • No need to count every day between the counting dates. If you can manage one checklist that’s fine. If you have multiple checklists then share theone you think is the best.
  • Counting result has to be submitted to eBird. Great app is available if you have a smartphone. If not the online platform is equally perfect.
  • Counting has to be counting. Some users just X-ing the species count on eBird but this program is about counting. We need the best possible estimates or actual counts. Checklists with X figures cannot be accepted.
  • if you decided to count on a site that was not registered, you still can share the checklist.
  • Submitted checklists has to be shared with us. World Shorebirds Day’s eBird account name is WorldShorebirdsDay what has to be typed each time you share a hcecklist. If checklists are not shared we don’t see the data. Here is a guideline for checklist sharing.
  • Checklist sharing deadline is 20 September 2017.
  • For more detailed reading please see one of our earlier post here.

Now it is time to fine tune your plan and enjoy the coming week with shorebirds. Don’t forget, that you DON’T need to be on shores to be able to find shorebirds. Shorebirds can be in any kind of habitats, like deserts, semi-deserts, grasslands, agricultural fields, salt pans, sewage ponds, streams, lakes, industrial areas, rivers, sandflats, mudflats, fishponds, alpine habitats, estuaries, offshore etc.

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4 thoughts on “Global Shorebird Counting 2017 has commenced

  1. Buenas tardes. Cómo se que aceptaron la inscripción de la zona que voy a censar?

    El 31 ago. 2017 14:04, “World Shorebirds Day” escribió:

    > Gyorgy Szimuly posted: ” The 4th Global Shorebird Counting has officially > commenced for those out to the field in the far east, Australia or New > Zealand. For long time participants this post is just a reminder, but for > new participants this blog post is essential. Let me high” >

  2. A couple of suggestions.

    I have just shared a bunch of checklists with you (and will have others before the 7th), None of them have been for the generic eBird hotspot “Mallacoota” but rather hotspots around that town Some of my later sites will be near Canberra (~300km North of Mallacoota) Why does registration have to specify a detailed location? Demanding unnecessary detail is an excellent way of frightening people off!

    For the answer to the question “What are shorebirds” you could give thought to having a hierarchic list with a top level of (say) Lapwings; Plovers; Stilts/Avocets; Sandpipers etc and the various species appearing under each. That would enable people to rapidly assess what was in scope (I was wondering if Spoonbills were “in”) without having to scroll through a list of ~250 species. Again, avoid unnecessary detail. It would also be a good idea to have the list as a top level item under “About” rather than having to go down 2 levels under Programs.

    Best regards

    Martin

    • Thanks for your feedback. Very good point and that’s the power of the community. Being organised the whole event makes room for imperfections. Thanks for the constructive comments.

      Starting next year we leave the site registration process. All we try to do is having just a simple interest in participation registry to be able to communicate with people. This would make life easier and will save quite a time for us.

      The list of species involved will also be simplified with little pictograms of each group. I hope that will help. 😊

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