There is no a better time than the present to set the bar for the next level in raising global public awareness about the conservation of, and research about, shorebirds. About half of the world’s shorebird populations are in decline, and the rate of habitat loss is worse than ever before.
Healthy populations of shorebirds mean healthy wetlands, something that thousands of human lives depend on. Action on a global scale needs to be organized to encourage people to be connected with shorebirds, their spectacular life and their habitats.
With this in mind World Shorebirds Day was created with the following aims:
- To raise public awareness about the need to protect shorebirds and their habitats throughout their life cycles;
- To raise public awareness about the need for ongoing shorebird research;
- To connect people with shorebirds through important shorebird sites around the world;
- To get shorebird enthusiasts to introduce shorebirds to more birdwatchers;
- To raise awareness about the need for increased funding for shorebird research, monitoring and conservation.
Gyorgy Szimuly is a Hungarian bird conservationist, whose 35 years of birding experience have concentrated on global shorebird conservation, bird monitoring, wetland habitat restoration, population ecology and shorebird migration and have led him to think that it was about time we had a commemorative day to celebrate shorebirds.
The result is World Shorebirds Day which is to be held every year on the 6th of September. It is envisaged that a related Global Shorebird Counting Program shall be held each year on the closest weekend to the 6th of September.
A dedicated discussion group has been created to talk about these events and bring further ideas together. The ‘World Shorebirds Day Group can be reached via this link. Mailing activity will be kept to a minimum and is likely to be occasional. Anyone is welcome to join.
Facebook: World Shorebirds Day Page
Google Discussion Group: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/worldshorebirdsday
Google Discussion Group eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org