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ASIAN WATERBIRD CENSUS SITE LIST & IBA REFERENCE FILE - 2017
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Background
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Participants of the Asian Waterbird Census are provided with basic instructions on guidelines for participating in the census and making the counts. They are requested to:
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• cover the most important waterbird sites (including wetland sanctuaries, Ramsar sites, IBAs and Flyway Network sites). For India, we have a reference list of internationally important sites covered during the census, as well as an updated AWC Site List 2017 and List of IBAs (see below under New eBird India AWC Submission).
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• visit all sites that were visited in the previous year, and use the same site names for them;
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• report the absence of waterbirds at a wetland which is known to have held significant numbers of birds in the past by completing a census form nevertheless and noting that no birds were present. If possible, give the reason for the absence of birds (e.g. wetland completely dry, wetland frozen over or site very disturbed by hunters);
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Submit count forms using the AWC Excel Site & Count Form 2016: http://bit.ly/1OyPZ95
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Or on the eBird + AWC India-eBird Site Information: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-4Z3VKHxjNQaWlQhs9DxgpLjwkq8MEa2RbqdhEFxpp0/edit?usp=forms_home&ths=true
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This reference file provides the AWC Site List and Wetland IBAs. It contains five sheets:
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READ ME - provides an overview of the file and help to fill in the information
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EXPLANATION - guide to fields in Important Sites and AWC Site List 2016
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IMPORTANT SITES - the list of AWC Sites of international importance to be covered during each census. This list includes sites identified as supporting 20,000 waterbirds or 1% of a population of a species of waterbird. For further information see publication by Li et al (2009).
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AWC SITE LIST 2017 - the standard AWC Site List, updated for 2017. This is only for your reference, so kindly do not make any changes to this form.
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WETLAND IBAs - List of Wetland Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) provided by BNHS (Dec 2015)
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We encourage you to check for an existing site name in the AWC Site List/Wetland IBA in the sheets above in completing your eBird AWC Count entry. This is important to allow standardised collation of your counts and site information.
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Thank you for taking the time to read this information and we hope this will help you to fill in and submit your counts easily and efficiently.
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Read Me
Explanation
Important Sites
AWC Site List 2016
Wetland IBAs