Working for birds in Africa

The Queen Elizabeth National Park Bird Observatory: a new avian research project in Uganda

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East Africa is home to c 1,350 bird species, including approximately 200 migratory species from the Palearctic. Over the last decade the diversity of this avifauna has attracted increasing levels of interest within both professional and amateur circles. Uganda had had comparative political stability over the last decade and progressive policy-making regarding the understanding and conservation of biodiversity, but lack of skilled personnel and funding have tended to hinder the translation of this interest into constructive field research. Steamlining in governmental departments and flagship projects such as the Important Bird Area (IBA) programme (conducted by BirdLife International in partnership with the East Africa Natural History Society - Uganda) are doing much to redress this research deficit: however, the quality of such programmes may be considerably enhanced through long-term systematic field-studies.

The Queen Elizabeth National Park Bird Observatory (QENPBO) is an ambitious new project designed to obtain and supply such information to larger national programmes for management and conservation of the environment. It will also supply a training programme for Ugandan nationals in all areas of project operations.

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