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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