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|Bird Population Monitoring-November and February Count 2012||BPM Reports||
Bird populations are always shifting and changing and so monitoring them is a useful tool to track and know about these changes in our areas. Monitoring also helps both volunteers and researchers to potentially benefit from the exercise. Volunteers can increase their knowledge and understanding of the scientific process, gain deeper understanding of natural phenomena and issues of local importance, strengthen their attitudes toward their natural environment, and participate in making science-based recommendations. It provides scientists with an opportunity to increase public awareness concerning their areas of study across local or global scales and can make it possible to answer research questions that require observations spread over time or space or that otherwise would not have sufficient resources to address.
|Bird Population Monitoring- February Count 2011||BPM Reports||
The drive for the February 2011 count was a perfect one for the Bird Population Monitoring (BPM) Programme1 in Botswana. It has been a great pleasure to have many of the volunteer/observer’s enthusiastically taking on their transects without much pressure from their coordinators. The BPM programme is currently experiencing a fulfilling growth and a thank you goes to the observers for their passionate support in protecting and conserving Botswana’s birdlife. The BPM observers are making a huge contribution to the conservation of birds countrywide and above all globally. This is because the BPM programme is a global monitoring network executed by European and a few African countries using different methodologies. These collective efforts make an active contribution to global conservation of our biological diversity. Nationally, with the data that the observers collect, we are able to see the distribution, diversity, abundance, composition and population trends of birds of Botswana. The data can also be used, in relation to land use changes and rainfall variation, to determine if there is any change in their habitat in the long run. Nonetheless, BirdLife Botswana acknowledges that, the current data is still unripe to use to analyse the above-mentioned variables and so we depend on the observers to pledge a long term commitment to make all this a reality. This is so because the existing bias is a result of counts being more skewed to human settlement areas resulting in less coverage in remote areas. The other reason is some of the observers are still learning bird calls and they are unable to identify and record all the birds that they see or hear in their transects.
|Bird Population Monitoring November Count 2010||BPM Reports||
In November 2010 volunteers throughout Botswana counted birds near their area through a Bird Population Monitoring Programme (BPM) run by BirdLife Botswana in conjunction with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP). The BPM programme is part of the global effort to monitor birds around the world.
The programme runs twice annually in February and November and offers exciting birding opportunities in both highly populated and remote areas. The method for BPM in Botswana is a point count technique and participants counted birds on a 2 km route. The results from the November 2010 count were encouraging with a total of 122 transects undertaken by 152 participants. A total of 14056 birds and 298 species were counted by participants. BirdLife Botswana was greatly encouraged by the enthusiasm of volunteers and the coverage of areas in Botswana. Especially noteworthy was the participation by the DWNP staff.
|Bird Population Monitoring Report November 2010 Count - Cover.pdf|