BPM Reports

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Dedication to BPM participants Article submitted to Birds and People newsletter .docx-finale BPM Reports

Dedication to the Bird Population Monitoring Programme Participants

The Bird Population Monitoring (BPM) Programme has grown, see Fig. 1 below. This growth is dedicated to the data contributors for their tireless efforts in getting the BPM Programme in shape. Their participation has been key for the success of this programme and a huge thank you goes to all for seeing the need to volunteer to contribute to bird monitoring and conservation in Botswana and globally.


File Dedication to BPM participants Article submitted to Birds and People newsletter .docx-finale.docx
BPM Programmme CAP Poster-- finalised BPM Reports File BPM Programmme CAP Poster-- finalised.pptx
BPM narative and financial reports-GEF SGP Progress Report-Submitted 1 BPM Reports PDF icon BPM narative and financial reports-GEF SGP Progress Report-Submitted 1.pdf
Birds tell us Article Feb 2019-final BPM Reports

Birds tell Us: BirdLife Botswana taps into people’s love of birds to protect them and their environment from climate change effect.

According to statistics from the Department of Meteorological Services the extreme heat wave with temperatures climbing above 40 Degrees Celsius which hit the country recently has broken several maximum temperature records. This is a real sign that climate change is happening. Climate change is an existential threat to birds, people and the environment, and addressing this threat requires sustained, targeted action across the country. BirdLife Botswana engages people to participate to accumulate the bird data that could guide or inform decisions on birds and biodiversity conservation through a Bird Population Monitoring Programme. The Bird Population Monitoring Programme is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations trends. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 1 hour  in February and November annually from a 2km route.


File Birds tell us Article Feb 2019-final.docx
Bird Population Monitoring February 2011 Count Report_3_ BPM Reports PDF icon Bird Population Monitoring February 2011 Count Report_3_.pdf
Article on migratory birds BPM Reports

Botswana’s migratory bird species are doing well

according to a report written by Keddy Moleofi and Simon Wotton  done in 2018 migratory birds have no borders and so they are faced with various challenges caused by development in countries they use as migrating routes. The report states that two thousand species of birds, 20% of all known species, make regular seasonal movements. Many travel thousands of miles between their breeding and non-breeding places and they are being hit hard when they are most vulnerable. After very long journeys they face countless dangers. These may include the destruction and degradation of natural habitats, the loss of critical stopover sites such as coastal wetlands, illegal killing, poisoning, pollution, and collisions with badly-sited infrastructure such as power lines and wind turbines. The sectors that affect migratory birds the most have been identified as those of agriculture, energy, hunting, climate change, tourism and waste management.


File Article on migratory birds.docx
2013 2014 Count Report - Station Heads Letlhakane BPM Reports Office presentation icon 2013 2014 Count Report - Station Heads Letlhakane.ppt
February 2011 Count results article BPM BPM Reports PDF icon February 2011 Count results article BPM.pdf
Migratory bird trend report February 2018-Final BPM Reports PDF icon Migratory bird trend report February 2018-Final.pdf
Bird Population Monitoring-November and February Count 2012 BPM Reports

Bird populations are always shifting and changing and so monitoring them is a useful tool to track and know about these changes in our areas. Monitoring also helps both volunteers and researchers to potentially benefit from the exercise. Volunteers can increase their knowledge and understanding of the scientific process, gain deeper understanding of natural phenomena and issues of local importance, strengthen their attitudes toward their natural environment, and participate in making science-based recommendations. It provides scientists with an opportunity to increase public awareness concerning their areas of study across local or global scales and can make it possible to answer research questions that require observations spread over time or space or that otherwise would not have sufficient resources to address.

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Bird Population Monitoring- February Count 2011 BPM Reports

The drive for the February 2011 count was a perfect one for the Bird Population Monitoring (BPM) Programme1 in Botswana. It has been a great pleasure to have many of the volunteer/observer’s enthusiastically taking on their transects without much pressure from their coordinators. The BPM programme is currently experiencing a fulfilling growth and a thank you goes to the observers for their passionate support in protecting and conserving Botswana’s birdlife. The BPM observers are making a huge contribution to the conservation of birds countrywide and above all globally. This is because the BPM programme is a global monitoring network executed by European and a few African countries using different methodologies. These collective efforts make an active contribution to global conservation of our biological diversity. Nationally, with the data that the observers collect, we are able to see the distribution, diversity, abundance, composition and population trends of birds of Botswana. The data can also be used, in relation to land use changes and rainfall variation, to determine if there is any change in their habitat in the long run. Nonetheless, BirdLife Botswana acknowledges that, the current data is still unripe to use to analyse the above-mentioned variables and so we depend on the observers to pledge a long term commitment to make all this a reality. This is so because the existing bias is a result of counts being more skewed to human settlement areas resulting in less coverage in remote areas. The other reason is some of the observers are still learning bird calls and they are unable to identify and record all the birds that they see or hear in their transects.

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Bird Population Monitoring November Count 2010 BPM Reports

In November 2010 volunteers throughout Botswana counted birds near their area through a Bird Population Monitoring Programme (BPM) run by BirdLife Botswana in conjunction with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP). The BPM programme is part of the global effort to monitor birds around the world.                                                                                                                                                                              

The programme runs twice annually in February and November and offers exciting birding opportunities in both highly populated and remote areas. The method for BPM in Botswana is a point count technique and participants counted birds on a 2 km route. The results from the November 2010 count were encouraging with a total of 122 transects undertaken by 152 participants. A total of 14056 birds and 298 species were counted by participants. BirdLife Botswana was greatly encouraged by the enthusiasm of volunteers and the coverage of areas in Botswana. Especially noteworthy was the participation by the DWNP staff. 

PDF icon Bird Population Monitoring Report November 2010 Count - Cover.pdf