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2016 Global Shorebird Counting sets new records

While checklists are still being shared with us, it is clear that the 2016 World Shorebirds Day and Global Shorebird Counting campaign met the expectations and set new records. The registration for the Global Shorebird Counting suggested a very high interest in this popular citizen science program but as checklists were accepted the numbers grew even higher.

In the short history of the Global Shorebird Counting Program we have got a total of 1,654 checklists. The growth from the 2015 counts is a stunning 52,48% which is most probably a result of an intensive 6 weeks long campaign, a little bit longer counting period and most importantly the amazing support from some key organisations in the Americas.

Another awesome result from this year is the number of reported shorebird species during the counts. Despite the almost complete lack of participation from the African continent, south of the Sahara, we managed to reach 126 recorded shorebird species which is 13 species more than in 2015. The only one South African checklist made a big difference in the number of shorebird species seen between 2–6 September. In 2014 and 2015 133 shorebird species have been recorded during Global Shorebird Counting and we even could still manage to add a few more waders what hadn’t been seen in the previous years. These are as follows:

  1. Double-striped Thick-knee

  2. Black Stilt

  3. Banded Lapwing

  4. Yellow-wattled Lapwing

  5. Tawny-throated Dotterel

  6. Pied Plover

  7. Comb-crested Jacana

  8. Pheasant-tailed Jacana

  9. Bronze-winged Jacana

  10. African Snipe

  11. Temminck’s Courser

Chorlo cabezon - Tawny-throated Dotterel by Leandro Herrainz on

Tawny-throated Dotterel by Leandro Herrainz on Photo was embedded from Leandro Herrainz portfolio on All rights reserved to Leandro Herrainz.

On the other hand we missed quite a few species what was reported in previous years and these are as follows:

  1. Magellanic Plover

  2. Eurasian Thick-knee

  3. Water Thick-knee

  4. Spotted Thick-knee

  5. Beach Thick-knee

  6. Banded Stilt

  7. Spur-winged Lapwing

  8. Grey-headed Lapwing

  9. Wattled Lapwing

  10. Red-kneed Dotterel

  11. New Zealand Plover

  12. White-fronted Plover

  13. Oriental Plover

  14. Eurasian Woodcock

  15. Pin-tailed Snipe

  16. Great Snipe

  17. Spoon-billed Sandpiper

  18. Cream-colored Courser

  19. Burchell’s Courser

  20. Double-banded Courser

  21. Collared Pratincole

  22. Black-winged Pratincole

Cream-coloured courser by Gökhan CORAL on

Cream-coloured courser by Gökhan Coral on Photo was embedded from Gökhan Coral’s portfolio. All rights reserved to Gökham Coral.

Obviously we have a lot to do for having a lot more returning program participants and also covering the most important sites as well. We also have to make the goals of Global Shorebird Counting Program clearer with standardized counting methods. For making these fine tunings World Shorebirds Day has a brand new advisory team which helps to find the right direction and to reach more people from the less covered areas.

If you feel you can help in filling the species or geographical gaps of the 2016 Global Shorebird Counting results feel free to share your data through eBird with the username worldshorebirdsday.

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