Written by Gyorgy Szimuly/WorldWaders
Three weeks ago the first module of the Shorebird Mapping Project has been launched on the WorldWaders website. The Breeding Shorebird Mapping Project (BSMP) is targeting to map all the waders regardless where they are nesting. Since the start nice amount of data have been submitted and registration to the site is continuous.
Actual map of all the submitted records. There is a long way to go…
As of today we have 243 registered users and 573 submitted breeding records. In the Northern Hemisphere breeding season is under way and potential users are out to the field for survey and nest site guarding. This means higher load of breeding data are expected to be submitted from the late Summer and as a second wave there should be a boost around the Holiday season at the end of this year when the result of nesting season will be available from the countries of the Austral Summer. The target for 2010 is 5,000 submitted records into the BSMP. WorldWaders is available in English but translation is under way to several other languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, Norwegian, German and Hungarian. These will be available in June 2010.
Publishing an online guideline about survey methods of waders is under way, together with a clear description of breeding codes used in the online form.
In about three weeks the second mapping module for non-breeding shorebird records will also be available. This could also boost the number of users of WorldWaders, as more birdwatchers are counting migrating or wintering birds than looking for breeding locations.
Migrating Eurasian Dotterel in England ?? Gyorgy Szimuly
I have been asked about the duration of these projects. There is no reason to close the project in a certain year. My wish to have a long running project and to see changes in the distribution and size of different wader populations. Monitoring changes in the size of the breeding populations requires ongoing activity but once we have a good voluntary base we can move towards this direction as that would be the base of effective conservation steps with WorldWaders.
We are very excited about the progress of the new projects and the establisment of the new foundation which is fully dedicated to the preservation of shorebird habitats and their occupants. There will be new announcements on this topic later this year.