A new breeding season: Time to map shorebirds

Nesting Piping Plover. Image courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Nesting Snowy Plover in Florida. Image courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

In some regions of the Northern Hemisphere breeding season is well under way. Shorebirds started to build nests and incubating eggs while further south chicks have already hatched. The WorldWaders Breeding Shorebird Mapping Project aims to map every shorebird species of the world by adding historical as well as actual data. This citizen science project is supported by hundreds of volunteers which has to grow for a better coverage on species as well as on geographic level.
No complicated information requested. After an easy registration data submission could be started straight away by finding the location on the map and filling out some data fields in the online form including the number of pairs. The result is immediately visible on the map!
In the next couple of months the website will be refreshed by new features. Users will be able to see the records for any species on the map and statistics will be available for each species even on location level.
Submitted breeding sites of Piping Plovers in North America. © WorldWaders.org

Submitted breeding sites of Piping Plover in North America. © WorldWaders.org

Distribution of one of the most abundant breeder, the Northern Lapwing in Europe based on the submitted records to the WorldWaders Breeding Shorebird Mapping Project. © WorldWaders.org

Distribution of one of the most abundant breeder, the Northern Lapwing in Europe based on the submitted records to the WorldWaders Breeding Shorebird Mapping Project. © WorldWaders.org

All time data submissions of breeding shorebirds on a global level. © WorldWaders.org

All time data submissions of breeding shorebirds on a global level. © WorldWaders.org

By looking at the maps you can see what the coverage is around your hometown or in your region. You probably know about shorebird breeding sites which you cannot see on the map. Think about login now and submit those records to get a better coverage.
Small Pied Avocet breeding colony in northwest Hungary. Breeding numbers have been submitted to WorldWaders Breeding Shorebird Mapping Project. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Small Pied Avocet breeding colony in northwest Hungary. Breeding numbers have been submitted to WorldWaders Breeding Shorebird Mapping Project. © Gyorgy Szimuly

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