AfriBiRds Monitoring toolbox
You count birds – birds count on you
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 and Obsmapp as supportive monitoring and biodiversity assessment tool?
• How to use monitoring equipments in the field to identify birds and to correctly report observations with a bird monitoring app or field record sheet?
• How to develop a bird monitoring and conservation programme and share the experiences among African Biosphere Reserves?
The AfriBiRds is made for you if you are:
A volunteering bird watcher
You would like to start bird watching as a nice hobby with the potentialities to share your local ornithological findings with our dedicated BirdLife International community? You would like to engage proactively as volunteer citizen scientist to increase the scientific knowledge on birds regionally?
A professional ornithologist
You are an experienced bird watcher or professional ornithologists? 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 reserves, Ramsar site, Natura 2000, IBAs, ...) and looking for
- 1. flexible guidelines to implement a regular bird population assessment with associated conservation programmes,
- 2. a free supportive off-line mobile application 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 an environment Ministry or of associated environmental agencies? You are looking for guidelines to set a national bird monitoring scheme compatible with other running initiatives (e.g Waterbird counts, IBAs, the Southern Bird Atlas Project, ...).
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. The knowledge about the birds’ (changing) occurrences is a crucial part in targeting conservation actions. Moreover, it tells 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; 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. As a result, it is hard for ornithologists to combine these inconsistent information and schemes to a global and standardised overview about the avian diversity in different African localities.
Initiating an African monitoring scheme as a standardised baseline for common birds
With a monitoring scheme, the AfriBiRds monitoring toolbox modestly aims to propose standards on manufacturing compatible pieces to complete an ambitious single puzzle. With that, bird observations are better structured and easier to communicate in order to get a more robust pan-African overview.
The AfriBiRds monitoring toolbox was developed for Africa, but not only
The project AfriBiRds is originally dedicated to develop bird monitoring in Africa, but you are welcome to use our materials for replicating it somewhere else.
The AfriBiRds monitoring toolbox is mainly inspired from teaching materials of two AfriBiRds monitoring and conservation workshops that took place at the Comoé National Park (Côte d’ Ivoire) and at the Omo Forest Reserve (Nigeria) in January – February 2018.
Do not wait anymore and start right away
Learn how to cover new bird monitoring segments in Africa by downloading the AfriBiRds monitoring toolbox here (from September 2020):
Download AfriBiRds monitoring toolbox
The AfriBiRds is wishing you a successful bird watching experience and is pleased to receive your feedback
You can send your feedback to afribirds-survey@NABU.de
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 email (afribirds-survey@NABU.de) mentioning your names, surnames, affiliated organizations, monitoring implementing partners, planned monitoring objectives and locations (place, country).