Why should I participate in this project?

Shorebirds are vulnerable by numerous factors during all their life cycle. Their survival is mainly in our hands as humans can make a difference to keep sustainable populations of every waders. No conservation activity is possible without background information. Monitoring is one of the key tool for any current state analysis. WorldWaders wants to be among the organisations which gives a chance for pulling back shorebird populations from the brink of extinction. Every data is needed to see where in the World essential information of a breeding population is missing. In long term the boundaries of every sub-population should be visible. The gap analysis will help to set own monitoring expeditions and sub-projects.



What will happen with the data I submit?

Data submitted through the submission form will kept on servers. Data will never be sold to third party and the rights stay at the data owner all the time. In the first year data will be analysed to evaluate the pilot year of the project. The target is to find the bottleneck of the project and make it widely known among birdwatchers and conservationists.



I received a mail after my data submission. Can I change this setting?

As a default every user gets an e-mail about the submitted data including the basic information of the observation as well as the species list. This was designed upon a request of a bunch of users. However this is optional and anyone can change it in the 'My account' menu by unchecking a checkbox saying 'Send an e-mail when I add a new record'.



Will my data be visible for the wide public? 

Submitted data visibility is available only on user level. This means the users cannot see other's data in detail and will not be able to zoom in maps to see exact location of the nesting site. A user can get a general view of the distribution of a certain species or the data coverage of a region which can support attracting attention for data submission.



What species are considered to be 'shorebirds' or 'waders'?

The project following the nomenclature of the International Ornithological Congress (IOC). The list of shorebird species are included in the taxonomic list from their website (http://www.worldbirdnames.org/n-shorebirds.html). Bird families are included: Stone-curlews & Thick-knees, Sheathbills, Magellanic Plover, Oystercatchers, Crab-plover, Ibisbill, Stilts & Avocets, Plovers, Egyptian Plover, Painted Snipes, Jacanas, Plains-wanderer, Seedsnipes, Sandpipers & Snipes and Coursers & Pratincoles.



What is WorldWaders?

WorldWaders is going to be an international foundation, under preparation, dedicated especially for the conservation of shorebirds and their habitats on the entire Planet. Primary target is to raise funds for existing or future studies and conservation programmes. Secondary goal is to initiate own projects for the less covered geographic regions. No donation and fund raising activity is possible before registration of the new organisation!



How to survey breeding shorebirds?

There are various technics for surveying breeding shorebirds. In the coming weeks a comprehensive survey guide will be published on this site about secure survey methods for breeding waders. In general some rules must be followed. One of the most important rule is if you are not a trained researcher that never search or approach nest! Never chase chicks just for having an evidence of breeding. Most of the breeding shorebirds are visible from a distance through a spotting scope or even a binocular. Scanning an area where adults are present in suitable habitat can bring result.


Till the guide is published the following link is recommended for further reading: www.pwrc.usgs.gov/monmanual/techniques/cbnscounts.htm


By visiting the data submission form the 'Breeding codes' help to navigate through the categories.



Am I allowed to submit breeding records of shorebirds from non-coastal habitats?

Data submission is regardless of the geographic location or the type of nesting habitat where a pair of shorebird species is breeding. As the motto of the project says 'Every nest counts!'. If there is a Cream-colored Courser found nesting in the desert in Egypt, or a Northern Lapwing on a wet meadow in the Netherlands, or American Oystercatchers raise chicks on the Florida beach, they are all could be mapped.


Can I add breeding records from previous breeding seasons?

While the project prefers data from the latest breeding season submissions from previous years back to the year 2000 is allowed.



Do I need to submit breeding data of every nest I found?

No, the best is to group the total number of breeding pairs within a smaller area (like a lake, beach section or wet meadow or an agricultural field). We cannot work with data of too large areas as those breeding coordinates will be transferred to UTM grids and could produce improper picture of the breeding distribution and density. 



What kind of information should I write into the 'Comment' field?

If there is an additional information in relation to the breeding record, like the number of eggs or chicks, disturbance of habitat or visible threat should be included. The 'Comment' field is not mandatory!

How can I see my records?

By default every user can see all the records submitted for the country given during the registration process. However WorldWaders staff are considering to make all the records visible for every user as a user can submit data out of the home country as well.


Who created the artwork for the site?

All the artwork is designed by Jon Villasper, a Philippine artist, who is a a geographer, cartographer, birdwatcher and food lover and the co-founder of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines. More about his work on his Multiply site: jmvillasper.multiply.com

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