The Global Shorebird Count, held every year on the weekend nearest September 6, is one of the key events of World Shorebirds Day. The Count is intended to raise awareness of the importance of regular monitoring to protect bird populations and conserve their habitats.
Why count shorebirds?
Regular counts carried out by thousands of volunteers and professionals worldwide reveal population trends, fundamental to the assessment of the status of any species.
The annual Global Shorebird Count demonstrates the importance of field work, observers improve their counting skills, and increases the number of birders and scientists monitoring shorebirds worldwide.
How can you take part?
- Think about where will you be on the Global Shorebird Counting weekend (dates at our blog);
- Register to participate;
- Count shorebirds during the weekend of the Count;
- Submit your data to eBird (the preferred method; details here) or send your results directly to us.
Additional resources and advice
- The list of shorebirds can be found here.
- Shorebirds are the first priority, but it is highly recommended that you record not only the number of shorebirds but all birds present at your counting locations.
- Don’t be disappointed if your site holds only a few birds. Every effort counts, whether there are hundreds individuals or just one.
- The deadline for data submission is September 20.