Global Shorebird Counting coverage by countries

Since we launched the Global Shorebird Counting Program we aimed to reach and involve as many birdwatchers from different countries as possible in accordance with our mission. Without a doubt, Global Shorebird Counting progressed well over the years and by now it became a very popular program especially in counties where contribution to eBird is strong anyway. Language issues might play important role in not being able to reach birders in certain countries such as Russia, Poland, Turkey but we could list other countries like Germany, Austria and many Asian countries with surprisingly low participation.

Let’s have a deeper look at the maps on our eBird account.

All time records show a great contribution rate from most of the Americas with only a few countries is missing from the completion. States of the USA are well covered and only in a few states (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota and West Virginia) we have never been able to get engaged with birdwatchers to participate. Similarly in Europe participation is very weak in countries where eBird is not widely used and language barriers might be an issue. It would be a great challenge to get important countries involved along the Wadden Sea or the Spanish and French important sites for waders. The World Shorebirds Day Ambassadorship Progam might help in reaching out more birders on country, state or regional level. We will send out information to locals through our ambassadors and hopefully we can see differences in the number of submitted checklists.

Global Shorebird Counting coverage in all countries between 2014-2017. Source: eBird World Shorebirds Day account

Global Shorebird Counting coverage in the United States of America between 2014-2017. Source: eBird World Shorebirds Day account

Below this chart forest looks a little too technical but gives you an idea how countries have performed for last four years. Charts show the number of submitted checklists (both complete and partial checklists) by countries between 2014–2017 (best viewed in slideshow mode). The fluctiations between years are rather

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For a little encouragement here is the list of countries that have never been involved in the Global Shorebird Counting. Can we change it:

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
American Samoa
Andorra
Angola
Antigua & Barbuda
Armenia
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Botswana
British Virgin Is.
Brunei
Burkina Faso
Burma
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Cayman Islands
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Cook Islands
Cote d’Ivoire
Croatia
Cyprus
Democratic Republic of Congo
Djibouti
Dominica
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Faroe Islands
Fiji
Finland
French Guiana
French Polynesia
Gabon
Gaza Strip
Georgia
Ghana
Gibraltar
Greenland
Grenada
Guam
Guatemala
Guernsey
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Iceland
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Isle of Man
Jersey
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Macau
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mayotte
Micronesia, Fed. St.
Moldova
Monaco
N. Mariana Islands
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
Netherlands Antilles
New Caledonia
Niger
Nigeria
North Korea
Oman
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Poland
Republic of the Congo
Reunion
Rwanda
Saint Helena
Saint Kitts & Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome & Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
Somalia
Sri Lanka
St Pierre & Miquelon
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Syria
Tajikistan
Tanzania (a few locations for the 2018 counts have already been registered)
The Gambia
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
United Arab Emirates
Uruguay
USA, Iowa
USA, Minnesota
USA, Nebraska
USA, Nevada
USA, New Hampshire
USA, North Dakota
USA, West Virginia
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vietnam
Wallis and Futuna
West Bank
Western Sahara
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

So, here is where we are now with the registration of 2018 counting locations at the very momentt.

Registered locations for the 2018 counts in southwest Europe.

Registered locations for the 2018 counts in eastern central Europe and the Balkans.

Registered locations for the 2018 counts in Great Britain.

Registered locations for the 2018 counts in North America.

Registered locations for the 2018 counts in Africa south of the Sahara.

Registered locations for the 2018 counts in India.

Registered locations for the 2018 counts in Australasia.

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3 thoughts on “Global Shorebird Counting coverage by countries

  1. Hi- The Gambia – maybe we can put a team together this year – when is it ? bws CrB / Recorder.

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