Global Shorebird Counting Program

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The Global Shorebird Counting Program is one of the key events of the World Shorebirds Day, an effort to raise awareness about the importance of regular bird monitoring/counting 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?

  1. Think about where will you be on the Global Shorebird Counting weekend (dates in our blog);
  2. Add your location(s) on the Google Map, where you most probably would do counting and make your registration;
  3. Follow our blog to get notified about new announcements;
  4. Go counting shorebirds on the weekend of Global Shorebird Counting weekend;
  5. Submit your data to eBird (find related technical details here) or send directly us (this is a less preferred way).

Further guideline

  • 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 20 September every year.

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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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