BIRDWATCHING TRIPS AROUND THE WORLD: TWITCHING, ADVENTURE OR A GLOBAL VISION OF CONSERVATION?

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Birdwatching trips around the world: twitching, adventure, or a direct global vision of biodiversity and conservation problems?

This question will be asked during the colloquium between Mark Van Beirs, Dani Lopez Velasco and Josep del Hoyo, conducted by Rafael Serra of the magazine QUERCUS.

Among the birdwatchers there are some of them who frequently make trips to any place in the world with the aim of seeing new species of birds. Among them, some keep a careful record of what species they have seen and what they have not, and every time they get a new one, the famous “bimbos”, feel a great joy. This activity, which apparently is a simple collection, in most of these birdwatchers also involves a direct global view of biodiversity and conservation problems of many parts of the world. And not only these two global issues, they also give rise to other aspects such as the possible participation in citizen science projects (eBird, Ornithos …), documentation of observations (photos, voice recordings, videos), support for ecotourism projects and their local impact on conservation, etc. etc. The extensive experience of the three protagonists of the debate will let us learn a lot of the how and why of the birdwatching trips.

Author: Ricard Losarcos