The Bird Population Monitoring scheme, coordinated by NatureUganda, works with local and regional partner organizations to build local and regional capacity for Bird Population Monitoring and engagement with local/regional policy forums. The scheme aims for long-term sustainability by engaging volunteer observers in simple and rewarding bird monitoring with clear objectives and conservation value, and with high quality support for participants (e.g., good training, educational materials and appropriate reporting of results and feedback). This engagement will increase capacity for other environmental monitoring schemes, raise awareness of sustainable livelihood, build support for conservation action for birds and biodiversity and provide an efficient and sustainable basis for data collection.
The scheme also helps build relationships with ongoing programs of collaborating partners such as the Important Bird Areas monitoring programs, IUCN and other agency threatened species work. Monitoring common birds, as well as those that are more threatened, will allow site-based bird species lists to be maintained and allow long-term site based bird population trends to be developed.
The NatureUganda Bird Population Monitoring scheme is performed by a team of volunteers mainly comprised of researchers and interested birders who are based across Uganda.