Loyal counters on hundreds of shorebird sites

Two weeks ago a loyalty program was announced for committed birdwatchers of the Global Shorebird Counting. A registration was opened for those who think it is worth to participate in the Global Shorebird Counting every year and contribute to something unique and exciting by simply watching and counting shorebirds. The prize list is already very…

Migratory Shorebird Art

Let’s say there has been a traditional connection between World Shorebirds Day and shorebird art. In 2014 wildlife artists around the world spent a day in the field on the World Shorebirds Day for sketching shorebirds. We all loved their submissions. From 2017 we put this love for waders into a new level with the…

Shorebird of the Year 2016: Piping Plover

The ‘Shorebird of the Year’ poll has never been so exciting than this year. Hooded Plover has been leading for months but voters made a difference in the last 10 days and pushed Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) to the top of the list by over 100 votes. Piping Plover has now joined to a precious group of…

Why not counting shorebirds as you go birding anyway?

The Global Shorebird Counting event of World Shorebirds Day is fast approaching and our map with the registered counting locations is already looking good. I cannot encourage you enough to make a very easy registration and show us your support for this special day and for these incredible migrants. Most of us go out for birdwatching in most…

Global Shorebird Counting 2016 dates

The next World Shorebirds Day is upon us and as usual we are organising the more and more popular Global Shorebird Counting Program for the third time. The previous events turned to be extremely popular and we have been blown away by the response we got. This year’s Global Shorebird Counting will take place between…

Data submission with eBird

eBird has long been committed to the professional data management not only on a national, but at an international level as well. By now the eBird Team is handling and incredible half a billion bird records and it’s growing. The World Shorebirds Day has been partnered with eBird, which offers all of its solutions for submitting counting results of…

Sketching artists

Following our conversation about the shorebird counting on the special day, my Hungarian artist friend, Szabolcs Kókay came out with an idea. As he is no longer a birdwatcher, he spends all his time in the field exclusively for sketching his subjects. He offered his support and will go out on the World Shorebirds’ Day weekend, but this time…

National Coordinators Network

While the Global Shorebird-Counts is a key part of the World Shorebirds’ Day, local events will also be in focus. The best way to have an enthusiastic national volunteer team is to set a network of not-least enthusiastic coordinators on a national or state level. What is ‘required’ from a national coordinator? Nothing is really…

What are the shorebirds?

Let’s make it clear: not only those birds are shorebirds, which occur on the shores of our seas and oceans! They literally occur everywhere. They can be found from the high Andes and the Himalayas to the remote islands of Oceania and from the Arctic to the Antarctic and in between. It’s hard to call a Peruvian Thick-knee a shorebird,…