How many and which species of birds can people across the globe spot in a single day? This question will be answered on May 13, 2017 when the 3rd edition of the Global Big Day kicks off in over 150 countries. And you can be part of it.
Global Big Day is an international birding competition organized by the Laboratory of Ornithology of the Cornell University in the US and eBird. In Peru, it is promoted by the Center of Ornithology and Biodiversity (CORBIDI).
On Global Big Day birdwatchers and nature lovers head out to spot as many birds as possible, submit their findings and at the end of the day see who came across the most bird species in a single day. Last year’s Global Big Day featured more than 60% of the world’s bird species (to be exact a staggering 6,332) in a single day, with sightings coming in from more than 17,500 eBirders spread across 154 countries.
And no, you don’t have to be a bird expert or spend the whole day. Everyone is invited to participate in the initiative to support global conservation and have fun at the same time,
While birding pros in Peru might head to areas known to have big bird populations such as Manu National Park, the Tambopata National Reserve, the Paracas National Reserve or the El Sira Community Reserve, every single registered bird counts even the one in your back yard or local park to reach the 2017 goal of spotting 7000 bird species across the globe.
By the way in 2015 and last year as well Peru was the Global Big Day Champion and thanks to its huge biodiversity the country where the most bird species were spotted within 24 hours.
So get your binoculars out, invite your friends and enjoy your time.
Global Big Day 2017
When: May 13, 2017
Where: across the globe
How to participate: register at eBird, head out on May 13 and submit all the birds spotted by you