AfriBiRds Monitoring toolbox
You count birds – birds count on you
Who? – The AfriBiRds is made for you if you are:
A volunteered bird watcher
You would like to start bird watching as a new and nice hobby with the potentialities to share your local ornithological findings with our dedicated BirdLife International community and to engage proactively as volunteer citizen scientists with us on collecting more scientific knowledge on birds regionally?
A professional ornithologist
You are an experienced bird watcher or professional ornithologists and you would like to ensure that your regular bird monitoring work is contributing to draw a continental trend assessment for common birds?
An ecological monitoring officer
You are an ecological monitoring manager in African protected areas (e.g Biosphere reserves, National parks, Forest reserve, Ramsar site, Natura 2000, IBAs,...) and you are looking for
- 1. flexible guidelines to implement a regular bird population assessment with associated conservation programmes,
- 2. a free supportive off-line mobile application equipment for your rangers to collect observations in the field on birds, mammals, insects, plants species for any biodiversity assessment,
- 3. a free online platform to archive and analyse your observations with the support of a devoted bird community.
A coordinator of biodiversity monitoring programmes
You are coordinating biodiversity monitoring programmes under the authority of the environment Ministry or of associated national/local environmental agencies and you are looking for guidelines to set a national bird monitoring scheme flexible enough for contributing to feeding other running initiatives (e.g Waterbird counts, IBAs, the Southern Bird Atlas Project...)
What? – The AfriBiRds monitoring toolbox is an online freely available module teaching:
• Why considering and counting Birds?
• How to set an “AfriBiRds” Common Bird Monitoring Scheme compatible with other on-going operational bird monitoring initiatives?
• How to use observation.org as supportive monitoring and biodiversity assessment tool?
• How to use monitoring equipments in the field to identify birds and insert correctly observations into a bird monitoring app or field record sheet?
• How to develop bird monitoring and conservation program and share the experiences among African Biosphere Reserves?
Why? – The AfriBiRds monitoring toolbox was conceived for
Supporting the assessment of environmental conservation strategies
Over the last 30 years, many environmental changes, such as those in land use and climate, have impacted on populations of birds across Africa and Europe. For effective conservation and informed decision making, we need the most up-to-date information on these impacts. Knowing where birds occur, and how this has changed, is a crucial part in targeting conservation action, and will tell us much about the state of the wider environment. It also provides valuable data for scientific analyses, and for assessing if and how projected changes are materialising.
Filling the knowledge gap on birds in Africa
The lack of bird watchers and consistent monitoring schemes in Africa creates a large information gap, for understanding the population trends of Afro-Palearctic migrant birds, for weighing the different factors of decline operating either on birds’ wintering grounds, breeding grounds or on migration routes and, consequently, for identifying ways to reverse the decreasing trends. Nowadays, to draw a full evolutive picture, ornithologists are then challenged on assembling a fragile continental mosaic with various pieces of many incomplete sets of puzzles mostly not compatible to each other and representing with various qualitative and recurring degrees observations of the avian diversity in different African localities.
Initiating African monitoring scheme baseline for common bird
The AfriBiRds Monitoring toolbox modestly aims with this monitoring scheme to propose standards on how to manufacture compatible pieces to complete an ambitious single puzzle so that bird observations are better structured to communicate among themselves in order to draw a more robust (nevertheless far-reaching) pan-African painting.
Where? – The AfriBiRds monitoring toolbox is originally dedicated to Africa
• AfriBiRds is originally dedicated to develop bird monitoring in Africa but people are welcome to use our materials to replicate it out of this region.
• AfriBirds toolbox is essentially based on teaching materials prepared for a weekly AfriBiRds monitoring and conservation workshop that took place at the Comoé National Park in Côte d’ Ivoire and at the Omo Forest Reserve in Nigeria in January-February 2018.
• The AfriBiRds monitoring scheme was implemented during the project duration and beyond in the two afored-mentionned Biosphere reserve being selected as pilot sites.
When? – The AfriBirds team kindly invites you to start right away to cover new bird monitoring segments two times per year.
How? – You can download the AfriBiRds monitoring toolbox under this link.
AfriBiRds Documents in Google Drive Folders will be available from September 2019.
The AfriBiRds team is pleased to receive your feedbacks to improve our monitoring toolbox. The AfriBiRds team is also looking forward to collect information on the replications and expansions of the monitoring scheme developed as a toolbox. Please do not hesitate to send us an e-mail mentioning your names, surnames, affiliated organizations, monitoring implementing partners, planned monitoring locations (place, country).
The Comoé (Côte d’Ivoire) and the Omo (Nigeria) UNESCO Biosphere Reserves are the two selected AfriBiRds sites for establishing a pilot common bird monitoring scheme. For characterizing environment and avian significances of the pilot sites, we give the floor to our local partners for introducing their personal experience and their vision of the bird monitoring project. mehr →
The AfriBiRds project closely collaborates with UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves as well as the BirdLife Partnership Network for birds’ conservation in African biosphere reserves. AfriBiRds wants to acknowledge the engagement of the project team, the biosphere reserves as well as the partnership networks and sponsors of the project. mehr →