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“Strength in Numbers!”

Birds Korea is dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats in Korea and the wider Yellow Sea Eco-region.

Founded in 2004, we are a legally-registered and award-winning Korean conservation NGO that depends entirely on project funds, donations, volunteers and active members to continue our work. Please join us!

At the time of writing (in 2023) we have 300+ members throughout Korea and a small office in Busan:

Birds Korea, 115-407 Ho, Daeyeon Hillstate Prugio, Su-Young Ro 345,Nam-gu, Busan 48432

Office Telephone: 051 627 3163

We also have a local, highly-active branch in Yeoncheon.

Thanks to the support of our members, supporters and friends we can get heard; we can influence decisions; we can win.

We conduct research; we work to solve issues through planning and design; and we do as much as our capacity allows to raise awareness and to support education programs.  We are always open to collaboration with those of good mind – and are grateful for every opportunity to improve conservation opportunities as part of genuinely sustainable development.

Joining is easy: monthly membership is only 10,000 Korean won / month (though some of our members kindly provide 20,000 or even 30,000 a month) through bank transfer to:

Park Sun-Ae (Birds Korea)
Account Number: 563401-01-117087, Kookmin Bank
Swift Code: CZNBKRSE

After tax, all membership money is used for maintaining our office; and supporting projects (helping to cover expenses or buying equipment). None goes to salaries or perks.

“Bioblitz” education program for families and young students led by Birds Korea Yeoncheon, 2023

In 2020-2023, in spite of the pandemic: 

  • WE have been surveying the Yeoncheon Imjin River Biosphere Reserve, monitoring cranes and finding internationally important concentrations of the globally Endangered Scaly-sided Merganser; conducting education programs and presenting at meetings. In September 2023, we will launch the “Spoonbills Project” – aimed at developing a safe space for education and tourism through habitat enhancement and restoration;
  • On Baekryeong / Baengnyeong Island, we worked with Trevor Rose and KFEM to install frog ladders; worked with SAVE International and students and professors at University of California Berkeley to develop alternative designs for “Bible Land”; and we have continued to conduct more bird counts – documenting several national high counts and new additions to the Korean list.
  • WE researched the cage-bird trade in the ROK under contract from Monitor, an overseas organisation;
  • On Jeju Island, we surveyed forest along the Bijarim Ro as part of a formal re-assessment of a road-widening project, presenting evidence in reports and as expert witness in a court case; and with local activists surveyed areas likely to be impacted by the proposed Jeju Second International Airport;
  • From 2020 to 2021, we surveyed the Hwaseong Wetlands Flyway Network Site as part of a project led by the EAAFP Secretariat and Hwaseong City; and in 2022 supported the development of two Vision Statements (first with SAVE International and UC Berkeley and second with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust), as part of calls for Ramsar site designation and consideration as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Phase 2;
  • WE continued with surveys at several sites along the inner border area of Korea, together with or led by the Hanns Seidel Foundation (Korea office); and conducted our third national survey of wintering Scaly-sided Merganser in 2022;
  • WE joined in research at the proposed airport on Gadeok Do, Busan and contiue to support conservation activities at the much-degraded Saemangeum;  and
  • WE also conducted training workshops; gave multiple presentations; published data-rich reports and peer-reviewed papers (e.g., on Hwaseong and on Scaly-sided Mergansers); updated our annotated national Bird Checklist; and supported the development of Korean language materials for eBird, including translating the Merlin app.

In 2023 and beyond, we hope you will join and support us: thank you!

Pre-pandemic projects in the DPRK (2019). Thanks to the Hanns Seidel Foundation (Korea office), members of the EAAFP Scaly-sided Merganser Task Force from ROK (Birds Korea), PR China and the Russian Federation could survey rivers in western DPRK in January, with staff from MOLEP and the State Academy of Sciences (left) © HSF Korea office; and in March guide birders from SBS in China and the Hong Kong Birdwatching Society to the newly designated Ramsar site in Rason, NE DPRK (on right) © Nial Moores.
In early 2020, we worked with some wonderful activists and local people on Jeju Island (left) © “Seongsan People who Care for the Environment”;  and also held a workshop on Baekryeong Island, Incheon, with island church ministers, Trevor Rose (from the UK), KFEM (with KFEM General Secretary Kim Choony in red) and the Hanns Seidel Foundation (Korea office) (right) © HSF (Korea office).
Some of our own Wonderful Members, at Junam (January 2020), with National Coordinator Park Meena on right © Nial Moores; and at Seosan (March 2021) © Selfie by Jung Hanchul (Hwaseong KFEM and Birds Korea member)
Yeoncheon County: Birdwatching with members in November 2021 (including Director Baek Seung-Kwang in the black mask; and Ms Lee Su-Young, looking through the telescope) (left) © Nial Moores; and meeting with Yeoncheon County Mayor Kim Kwang Cheol, December 24th 2021 © Baek Seung-Kwang
Awards prove that the “Birds Korea Way” is working: “Korean Leading Light” in the Environmental Foundation’s Honour’s List, ROK, December 2008, primarily for our work at Saemangeum, the Geum Estuary and Gomso Bay; 17th Annual Asian Environment Award, October 2011; and “Water Environment” Prize in December 2021 © Composite image by Birds Korea & Kim Bomin

To learn more about joining Birds Korea and to offer your support, please contact us directly.

By phone:

National Coordinator / Birds Korea Office, Ms Park Meena (Korean or English; Korean preferred) 051 627 3163

Director, Dr Nial Moores (English or Korean; English preferred),

(82) 010 9303 1963

By email:

ParkdotMeena at;

NialdotMoores at

or by mailing us below:

Comments or questions are welcome.

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