In celebration of World Migratory Bird Day 2011, we at Birds Korea want to encourage you to join in raising funds for research of the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper Eurynorhynchus pygmeus in the ROK.
We are holding a Birds Korea Birdathon on the weekend of May 14-15.
Here’s how a Birdathon works: people count birds and collect pledges from sponsors based on the number of species they see. All you have to do is register and on May 14th, start counting. You can do it alone, with a group, or even with your family. You don’t have to be an expert – some people even count from their backyard, or count the birds around their neighborhood or local park. Others cover dozens of kilometers in a day, observing over 100 species in some areas. The key is to have fun!
In order to participate, every participant must simply be able to identify different bird species and have at least one sponsor. Sponsors make a pledge for every bird species seen. And yes, you can even participate outside of the ROK. Your results will be posted on the blog.
How much should sponsors pledge? Well, as much as they want! For every bird a participant sees, a sponsor pays a certain amount. That could be 500 Won a bird species, or 1000 Won a bird species, or more if you want! It’s up to you. The more funds we raise, the more we can do. All Birdathon proceeds will go to Birds Korea and our work for the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper, one of the worlds rarest and fastest declining migratory species.
This event is held in honor of World Bird Migration Day 2011 (WBMD).
This year’s WBMD theme, “Land use changes from a bird’s eye view,” encourages us to take a look at humankind’s dramatic impact on the global environment. Out of the 515 adequately-documented species that occur in the ROK, 450 occur regularly, and amongst this splendid diversity of birds, probably 90 % are migratory. All are affected by land use changes. These range from the homely Tree Sparrow to the magnificent shorebirds which undertake some of the longest non-stop migrations in the world. Korea truly is at the heart of the East Asian – Australasian Flyway. Please join us and others in working together to conserve it.
Please join us as a Birds Korea Birdathon participant or sponsor.
To register or for any comments or questions, please email us here. We sincerely appreciate for your participation and support.