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Liberia

Geography

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:22 -- abc_admin
Robertsport_Beach_ Liberia

Robertsport Beach, Liberia

Image Credit: 
Alan G. Johnston

Liberia is in Western Africa with a land area of 111,370 km2 and an estimated population of almost 3.4 million people. It borders Côte d'Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Guinea with a coastline of about 600 km along the Atlantic Ocean which is characterised by lagoons, mangrove swamps and narrow sandbars. The climate is tropical and has dry winters with hot days and in the interior cool nights, and the summers are wet and cloudy with frequent heavy showers mainly from April to November. Dust-laden harmattan winds blow from the Sahara from December to March. The terrain is mostly flat to undulating coastal plains rising to rolling plateaux and low mountains in the north-east. The land elevation rises from sea level to the highest point Mount Wuteve at 1,380 m. The official language is English and there are some twenty ethnic group languages. More details can be found at CIA Factbook.

Introduction

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:20 -- abc_admin

Liberia is a small country with a bird list of about 617 species, a number of which are found in Liberia and a few adjacent countries only. There have been few ornithological expeditions to Liberia however, and much still remains to be discovered about the distribution of Liberian birds. With a recent civil war, lasting almost continuously from 1990 to 2003, travel and birding has been restricted for some time.

The following report from a correspondent who travelled in the Monrovia area of Liberia in early 2012 provides more encouraging news. "Although it is just now beginning to recover from the devastating effects of two decades of civil war, Liberia has now stabilized, and it is safe for birders to begin venturing afield. Except in Monrovia, facilities (accommodations and restaurants) are very limited. But I was able to contact the Society for the Conservation of Nature in Liberia (SCNL) and spent several days in the field with a former staff member (now with UNDP) who is a trained bird guide." See the visiting page for further information.

The purpose of this document is to provide a summary of Liberia and its birds for birders interested in the country and potentially planning a visit. The information has been put together from a number of sources and it is intended to add new information as it becomes available. As such, readers are welcome to submit contributions by e-mail to info@africanbirdclub.org and / or wulfgatter@aol.com

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