Global Shorebird Counting Program

Hooded Plover

Hooded Plover at Cape Paterson, Victoria, Australia. © Adam Blyth (Photo was legally embedded from Adam Blyth’s Flickr stream with direct link to his portfolio. Check out his work.)


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?

  1. Think about where will you be on the Global Shorebird Counting weekend (dates at our blog);
  2. Register to participate;
  3. Count shorebirds during the weekend of the Count;
  4. 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.
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  6. The document has registerd sites but unable to put spot on the map ,please can you help? Moorland beach,Pardoe beach near Devonport and Freers beach near Port Sorell Tasmania

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  8. I’ve registered two sites as well, but they are not showing on the map. Forteau and Lanse Amour, NL, Canada

    • Dots added to the map manually. It takes time. It is just for showing the distribution of participants. Your registration is fine and there is no task with the map. 🙂

  9. Will multiple counts at the same site be ok? I counted today at Malibu Lagoon (coast west of Los Angeles) and another birder wants to count tomorrow. Thanks much for organizing this important effort.

  10. I’d like to post my site on Google Maps: Italy, Latium, province of Latina, Sabaudia.
    Where do I post my counts?
    Thanks for helping me!

  11. Will there be some sort of report of your count results?
    I promoted the count on our Audubon chapter blog and would like to do a follow-up blog with some data.

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  27. Good job. Now let’s hope they are not shot on any one of the French Caribbean islands. Yeah – organized hunts set up shooting positions over wetlands with decoys to lure in our shorebirds just for sport. It’s happening now. Bon Voyage but better yet- Bon Chance!

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  35. Hi Gyorgy! I registered one site that I have already made counting on previous years and it is appearing ok on the map. But yesterday and today I made countings on two other sites that I didn’t submit on previous years. How can I register them? Thanks!!!

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