The Global Shorebird Counting is one of the key events of the World Shorebirds Day. This is not particularly a citizen science program, but rather an effort to rise awareness for the importance of regular bird monitoring as the core element of protection of bird populations and habitat conservation.
Why counting shorebirds is so important?
Saving birds without knowing the actual number of individuals of a bird species living in the world is impossible? Population figures should not be guesses! Those are the facts, based on countings, carried out by thousands of volunteers and professionals worldwide. The result is an exact population figure and trend, which is one of the fundamental elements to assess the legal protection status of any species. Still, the importance of bird monitoring (regular counting) is underrated and often ignored by many.
This program aims to give a picture of the power of field work, to help non-counters to improve their counting skills, and to increase the number of counters worldwide.
How to be a part of this popular program of the World Shorebirds Day?
- Think about where will you be on 4–6 September 2015;
- Add your location(s) on the Google Map, where you most probably would do counting;
- Follow our blog to get notified about new announcements;
- Go counting shorebirds on the weekend of 4–6 September 2015;
- Submit your data to eBird (find related technical details here).
- The list of shorebirds can be found here.
- It is highly recommended that not only shorebirds numbers to be recorded but all birds present at the counting locations. Of course if timing is an issue, shorebirds are the first priority.
- Don’t be disappointed if your site holds only a few birds. Every effort counts, whether hundreds or thousands of individuals are present or just one.
- Data submission deadline is 13 September 2015.