Please participate in the Asian Waterbird Census 2017
The Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) is part of the global International Waterbird Census (IWC). This citizen-science programme is supporting conservation and management of wetlands and waterbirds worldwide. The information helps to promote the designation and management of internationally important sites such as nationally protected areas, Ramsar Sites, and Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) as well as helps in identifying and protecting new sites of importance for waterbirds. The result of the census and information are also used to promote national waterbird and wetland conservation and international cooperation along the Central Asian Flyway.
The recommended dates for the AWC 2017 counts are Saturday 7 to Sunday 22, January 2017, covering two weeks and three weekends, when we should encourage you to count waterbirds. These dates are for guidance only and counts from any date in January are very welcome. With the completion of 50th anniversary of IWC in January 2017, we celebrate this with a special Indian Ocean Coastal Waterbird Count 2017.
If you have not participated in the census before, information and AWC count forms and guidelines are uploaded on the AWC website here. The Count Forms are available in Excel and Word. The standard IWC Count Methodology is available here. If you have participated in a previous count for a particular site, kindly cover the site this year and report on it using the latest 2017 forms. Do so even if there are few or no birds as this is important information too. We encourage you to cover as many sites as possible and encourage more participation. Submission of forms should be done by end February 2017 at the latest.
Across Asia-Australasia - kindly use the appropriate AWC Site and Count forms to report your observations and provide these through your country/regional coordinators, contact details here. If there is no coordinator, kindly send your forms to email@example.com or if submissions are to be made by post, forms should be sent to Wetlands International – South Asia office, A-25, Second Floor, Defence Colony, New Delhi – 110024.
In India, the AWC is jointly coordinated by the Bombay Natural History Society and Wetlands International. Do be aware of the following:
- A reference list of internationally important AWC sites and wetland IBAs in India that we encourage you to cover during these counts is accessible here.
- Your AWC 2017 data submission can be in one of three ways (as in 2016):
- AWC Data Entry Form 2017 (in Excel) with updated taxonomy and site list.
- AWC Data Entry Form 2016 (Word version),
The latest AWC Site and Count forms (available in Excel or Word) with guidance for completion may be downloaded here. Kindly provide completed forms through your State Coordinators, contact details here and copy to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. If there is no State Coordinator, kindly send direct to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. If submissions are to be made by post, forms should be sent to Wetlands International – South Asia, A-25, Second Floor, Defence Colony, New Delhi – 110024.
- eBird India platform + AWC eBird 2017 Site Form
For those familiar with eBird (and its mobile application), since AWC 2016, we have introduced an online data submission through the eBird India platform developed in collaboration with Bird CountIndia and Bombay Natural History Society. For each wetland covered, upload your counts to eBird and fill out the Google AWC eBird Site information form (for details see here).
Do note that only eBird submissions accompanied by an AWC India-eBird Site Information will be accepted and included in the national and regional AWC overviews. So kindly complete the regular eBird count and this Site form for each site separately. Participants are requested to submit both by end of January 2017. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
We invite your participation to make this special year count for waterbird and wetland conservation on the ground!