2018 Winter Garden Bird Count from Friday until Sunday

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sat, 27.01.2018 - 16:49

Information from Estonian Ornithological Society
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Estonian text posted 26.01.18



The Estonian Ornithological Society invites you to take part in the winter garden birs count that takes place on January 26 – 28. It has become the most popular birdwatching event in Estonia and the largest public education initiative.

In the count that takes place for the 9th time this year more than 2600 bird friends took pasrt last year and observed altogether nearly 60 000 birds of 64 species. The winter garden bird count is arranged in Estonia since 2010 and the event has been honoured with  the Environmental Enterprise Award of the Year .

Taking part in the garden bird count is easy  and takes only one hour. For this you need to select an observation spot with good visibility in the garden or in a park and to find an hour of free time during the weekend to watch the activities of the birds in your selected spot. You can observe the birds around a birdfeeder even through a window from indoors and you can do this on your own or with your family or friends. During this hour you must note all bird species in your observation spot and for each species note the largest number of individuals that you observed at the same moment.

The results can be entered on the online form on the home page of the garden bird count or if you have no access to Internet, be sent within next week to the coordinator  (Estonian Ornithological Society / Eesti Ornitoloogiaühing, Veski 4, Tartu 51005).

The first results will be published on January 29, with a final summary in mid-February. More detailed instructions for taking part and for forwarding the results are on the home page: www.eoy.ee/talv

The Garden Bird Count is a wonderful opportunity to spend an hour with your family, children and nature and at the same time contribuing to bird conservation and research.

The online report form at http://www.eoy.ee/talv/vaatlused/ has turned out to be very popular, with the opportunity to follow the results from all other garden bird observers.

In addition to the learning part the winter garden bird watch also has a scientific aim. In this way we can collect information on changes in the abundance of garden birds, find the reasons for the changes and when necessary take steps to improve conditions for the birds.

The garden bird count also helps to turn attention to the fact that in our gardens and parks in winter there are  many more bird species than it would seem at a first glance. For drawing conclusions it is important that as many observers as possible take part.

The Estonian Ornithological Society unites bird friends in all Estonia and is active in the study, protection and presentation of Estonian birds. The greater part of the 520 members of the society are simply bird friends but the majority of Estonia’s professional ornithologists are also members. The Estonian Ornithological Society is the official partner of the global bird protection organisation BirdLife International in Estonia.


More information :

Aarne Tuule,Winter Garden Bird Count coordinator