Observing the “Birds of Mayotte Gardens” and scientific progress

“You don’t have to be an expert, with a little advice, good eyes and a smartphone you will become a budding ornithologist. Although this is a simple and fun process, it will increase the amount of data about our common birds and help scientists estimate their numbers.”

Choose a day from October 30 to November 6, and go to your garden or balcony from dawn to 9 am. There you can observe the birds watching for 10 minutes. “Scientific precision requires that, for each species, it will be necessary to note the maximum number of birds present at the same time to avoid counting them twice.”

No advanced equipment needed, you will simply need your eyes and ears, ideally a smartphone with the Naturalist app, as well as a notebook and pencil. You will need to create an account on Wildlife platform in Mayotte To be able to transfer your notes.

Operation launched by GEPOMAY

Thus, GEPOMAY hopes to complement the data collected by its employees and volunteers as part of its missions. The information thus collected can be analyzed to contribute to an estimate of planned population sizes at the end of the year. “This additional data will be valuable for improving the updating of the IUCN Red List of Mayotte Birds and even assessing the distribution and evolution of populations over time if the process continues.”

Mayotte’s garden birds aim to spread throughout the Mahorai region. GEPOMAY also offers, together with volunteer municipalities, training of residents in identifying common birds and entering data on the Faune Mayotte platform via the Naturalist app. He will be in particular alongside CADEMA on October 27 and 28.

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“This process will allow everyone to commit to biodiversity and develop knowledge while having fun. Find information and advice on the GEPOMAY networks and On the designated page.

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