Global Birding In association with eBird & Swarovski Optik, supporting BirdLife Intl
Global Birding In association with eBird & Swarovski Optik, supporting BirdLife Intl
ONE DAY WORLD RECORD BROKEN
7098 SPECIES RECORDED IN ONE DAY (SATURDAY 17 OCTOBER 2020)
PLUS NEW WORLD RECORD SET
7243 SPECIES NOW RECORDED FOR GLOBAL BIRD WEEKEND
SEE RECORDS FROM SATURDAY ALONE BELOW - AMAZING!
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Two world records were smashed over the weekend of 17th and 18th October 2020 during the inaugural Global Bird Weekend when more than 38,000 people took part in “The Biggest Birdwatching Event in History”.
Across the Globe on 17th October, 7096 species of birds – more than ¾ of the world’s bird population - were recorded, beating the previous world record set in May 2018 of 7060 species.
The weekend brought birdwatchers together from 169 countries and from all seven continents. Participants were encouraged to minimise their carbon footprint and with current pandemic restrictions, stayed close to home. By midnight of Sunday 18th the second world record was created when a further 180 species recorded brought the total weekend count to 7276 species.
The first check list was submitted by Dominik Maximilian Ramik at 00.04 in Vanuatu with a Pacific Golden Plover and a Barn Owl. From then on, species came thick and fast as people woke up across the time zones of the world. The day ended with nocturnally calling White Terns and Tristam’s Storm-Petrels from Midway Atol.
The weekend was also about encouraging newcomers to birdwatching. Many clubs, societies and organisations including both commercial and NGOs were well represented throughout the world forming more than 150 teams to take their groups into the field.
Tim Appleton MBE, founder of Global Birding said “I was amazed at the response considering we only launched Global Birding in August 2020. Being able to unite a worldwide community for Global Bird Weekend by asking them to ‘Go Birding Together for Conservation’ went beyond my wildest dreams and has already produced significant scientific data and inspired new networks of communication”.
An incredible 50,383 photographs of birds and 1,101 audio recordings were submitted to the Macaulay Library: in one day. The event has been heralded as one of the greatest citizen science projects ever undertaken.
In the United Kingdom, 236 species of bird were recorded with up to 19 species of rare birds including Rufous Scrub Robin, Wilson’s Phalarope and appropriately, Masked Shrike.
Global Bird Weekend was special in many ways as it brought the existing eBird portal, based at Cornell University USA to a more widespread audience. Global Birding is delighted to work in association with Swarovski Optik and the eBird Team.
Global Birding supported BirdLife International’s Stop Illegal Bird Trade campaign and encouraged donations towards this critical project. To date the total has exceeded our £20,000 target with donation options available until 31st October. Naturetrek Wildlife Holidays and their generous supporters have raised a staggering £4650.00.
Highlights of Data Recorded for Global Bird Weekend Saturday 17th October courtesy of eBird.
Country Species recorded
Top Global National Teams: Team Tanzania – 655 species; Aves Guatemala 409 species; All India Birding Tours 408 species; Mannakin Nature Tours 392 species.
Top European Team: Team Andalucia, Spain 164 species.
Top International Teams: Rockjumper Birding Tours 1852 species; Naturetrek Wildlife Holidays 1044 species; BirdLife Species Champions 766 species.
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Panama Day Trips have been brilliant. Not only are they giving us a live birding trip on Saturday 17 October, they are also giving us an amazing prize of 2 nights Bed and Breakfast for 2 people sharing. They will also give you guided walks and a boat trip down the Panama Canal!
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Help us support BirdLife International's appeal to end illegal bird trade
WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THE EVENT?
1. We would like to have as many people as possible join in our Global Bird Weekend 17 AND 18 OCTOBER 2020
Covid-19 Lockdown meant many people became more aware of their local natural surroundings. We want everyone to celebrate the love for nature and birds across the world in their own local areas or "patch".
Part of our weekend event will include eBird's October Big Day when we aim to create a world record for the largest number of birds seen by the greatest number of people on this peak migration weekend.
We hope that at least 25,000 participants will go out Birdwatching on SATURDAY 17 OCTOBER 2020 and tell us what they see.
2. Record as many different species of bird as possible. Let us know by recording your sightings on eBird
Our goal is to record more than 6,000 bird species
3. ON SUNDAY 18 OCTOBER take your camera, phone, friends and/or sketch pad to your favourite birdwatching area and share those places with your new Global friends on our social media pages using
and upload your images to eBird's dedicated Global Bird Weekend page. You can still upload your bird sightings to eBird that day too!
4. RAISE FUNDS FOR THE BIRDLIFE CONSERVATION PROJECT: STOP THE ILLEGAL TRADE IN BIRDS
WHO CAN TAKE PART?
EVERYONE CAN TAKE PART - JOIN IN!
We do not encourage International travelling for this event. We want people to stay in their own country and ideally close to home to minimise our carbon footprint.
So wherever you are in the world; in your garden, your local park or nature reserve, by a wetland or the ocean, deep in a forest or high up in the remotest mountains, every bird sighting counts.
EVERY SPECIES COUNTS - from the most common to the rarest. Each bird is as important as the next.
Register with eBird to ensure all your sightings are recorded.
PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO DONATE IN ANY CURRENCY TO BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL'S CONSERVATION PROJECT TO STOP THE ILLEGAL BIRD TRADE
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SET UP A JUST GIVING PAGE OF YOUR OWN TO FUND RAISE FOR THIS EVENT, JUST VISIT THE "OUR CONSERVATION PROJECT" PAGE ON THIS WEBSITE AND FOLLOW THE JUST GIVING LINK SET UP BY BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL
We are working in association with eBird, which is a project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA.
1. Get an eBird account - this is free to all users
2. ON SATURDAY 17 OCTOBER 2020, GO OUT BIRDWATCHING AND ENJOY WHAT YOU SEE - with family, friends, groups or just take time out on your own.
3. Enter what you see and/or hear on eBird
4. Watch the sightings roll in on eBird's Global Bird Weekend October Big Day page
5. Keep posting your photos and videos during the day on our social media pages #globalbirdweekend #globalbirding
6. ON SUNDAY 18 OCTOBER 2020, add your own photos, videos, field sketches and messages to share your experiences with our global audience. Keep up to date on Global Birding's social media pages over the weekend and beyond #globalbirdweekend #globalbirding,
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This year, Global Birding is supporting BirdLife International's vital conservation project to stop the illegal trade in birds.
Did you know there are now more birds in cages in Java than in the country's natural habitat?
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Birds need your help, urgently.
Global Birding is delighted to bring together the world of birding so everyone can enjoy the birds and nature around them. Our first event not only makes a massive contribution to science, it is creating a world leading birdwatching event supporting a vital conservation project.
Tim Appleton MBE, founder of Global Birding, is also available for consultancy on projects relating to his knowledge of Eco Tourism, nature reserve creation and management, wetlands projects, birdfairs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
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