Post-event recruiting is as essential as the pre-event campaign communication. Birders who do eBirding through the year, do the same during the Global Shorebird Counts and it is pretty effortless to share the relevant checklist with us. Since the eBirders' profile has no official contact details, the communication is quite challenging. Still, through social media, it is possible to connect with some of them.
As a result, we got some stunning species (e.g. Pied Lapwing) what otherwise was missing from the list this year. We are still missing some frequently seen and earlier reported species like Indian Thick-knee, Bush Stone-curlew, Small Pratincole, Indian Courser, Comb-crested Jacana or Banded Lapwing. We also miss Australian Pratincole, Malaysian Plovers or Mountain Plover.
Bush Stone-curlew at Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Permission to use this photo has been granted by the photographer. © Wilson Lennard All rights reserved. Please visit his gallery at https://www.flickr.com/photos/willennard/
Do you know any of your fellow birding friends, who are willing to join us as a supporter? Share this blog post with them and ask them to consider sharing the list with the eBird username: worldshorebirdsday from the period 3–9 September 2020.
A vivid coloured Indian Courser in Chennai, India. Permission to use this photo has been granted by the photographer. © Aravind Venkatraman All rights reserved. Please visit his gallery at https://www.flickr.com/photos/arvifotoworld/
As you can see at our count results page, we have beaten all previous records this year, what is a pretty incredible achievement considering the current worldwide situation. It is vital to raise the bar year after year to show the power of this community.
The Mountain Plover of one of the most elegant shorebird species. Permission to use this photo has been granted by the photographer. © Bill Bouton All rights reserved. Please visit his gallery at https://www.flickr.com/photos/billbouton/sets/
How can we expect the public to stand by us and our commitment to protect shorebirds and their habitats if we are unable to unite? I'm sure we can do this, so let's have another push and recruit more eBirders.
Thank you all for your continued support. We have already made a difference!