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Global Big Day-the World's biggest day in Birding
By Erika Gates
Jul 8, 2019 - 11:50:36 AM

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Team Scarlet Tanager, led by Bridget Davis and Charmaine Hall with Melanie Darville, Rudy Sawyer, Flora Lewis, Andrea James and Ben Rose birded parts of East Grand Bahama.

On May 4th, 2019, 32,500 people took to the outdoors in 171 countries finding 6,816 species representing two-thirds of the world species in a single day. This is a new world record for the number of people birding on a single day!
The power of birds to attract is amazing. Their uniqueness and diversity have inspired people forever. This passion for birds is global and during the annual Global Big Day birders are united across all political borders.
It is not only a fun and somewhat competitive event for the participants but it also provides valuable information to researchers, conservationists, scientists and travelling birders. Global birding teams gather information on where, when and how birds make use of the landscape and the environment that can be applied in conservation and research.
Team Woodstar, led by Erika Gates with Judith Dawkins, Jill Cooper, Louise Durocher, Gail Woon, Monica Smith and Cindy Meyer searched birding sites in the Freeport area.

For the third year in a row, the country of Columbia topped the world in total number of bird species sighted on Global Big Day. The unbelievable efforts of the Colombian birding community found and amazing 1,590 species in their country in one day. Columbia's Global Big Day included local communities and the Colombian Air Force - an incredible national team of more than 2,300 birders submitting 6,400 checklists, a truly amazing one-day snapshot of birds in the world's most bird-diverse country. Congratulation Columbia!
The West Indies including the Bahamas played an important role during Global Big Day as they have, collectively, so many endemic birds throughout the individual island nations. For most of the day the Bahamas and Puerto Rico were neck and neck in number of species observed this year but in the final tally, the Bahamas' 138 edged out Puerto Rico's 132.
Team Woodstar- photo taken by Gail Woon

Thanks to Birds Caribbean and their efforts to educate people in the region about conserving and restoring bird habitat, over 19 Caribbean island nations participated in this year's count!
Here are the results of the top ten island nations in the West-indies:
Bahamas 138
Puerto Rice 132
Cuba 125
Dominican Republic 119
Cayman Islands 94
Jamaica 78
Caribbean Netherlands 59
Virgin Islands 53
Haiti 51
Barbados 45
The Bahamas were fortunate to reach its excellent results as more of the Bahama Islands participated than in previous Global Big Day counts. This year Abaco, Andros, Berry Islands, Exumas, Grand Bahama, Inagua, Long Island, and New Providence, contributed to the high number of species. Well done Bahamas!
Grand Bahama teams spread out over a large portion of the island with Team Prothonotary, led by Martha Cartwright with Christopher Baker, Shelagh Payton-Ash and Randrew Martin covering West End.

Grand Bahama teams spread out over a large portion of the island with Team Prothonotary, led by Martha Cartwright with Christopher Baker, Shelagh Payton-Ash and Randrew Martin covering West End. Team Prothonotary-photo taken by Shelagh

Team Prothonotary-photo taken by Shelagh

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