The Nigerian Bird Atlas Project (NiBAP) aims to map all of Nigeria’s bird species and describe their status with the help of valued input from Citizen Scientists – volunteer members of the public who are keen to contribute through going birding and submitting their observations to the project. The project has now been running since the end of 2015. A species' distribution is the most fundamental information needed in order to conserve it. However, before NiBAP there has not been any coordinated effort at collating information on the distribution of birds in Nigeria apart from single observations. Therefore this is coming at a time where information from the bird atlas will go a long way to elucidate distributions of bird species in Nigeria.
By pooling the effort of many Citizen Scientist birders, the Nigerian Bird Atlas will tell this story and in so doing provide a powerful tool for conservation.
If you are at all interested in watching birds, have any concern for the conservation of Nigeria’s birds, and enjoy being outside and exploring new places, then the Nigerian Bird Atlas is the project for you! An important part of our activities is done through the various Bird Clubs, contact a bird club near you!
It is an exciting and stimulating project that combines a lot of excellent birding, exploring new and fascinating parts of the country, state-of-the-art technology and communication, and serious science to produce dependable results that can be used to take real action for conservation.
To participate you can register here or by sending your details; name, telephone number, address, and email to Ulf Ottosson, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive an Observer Number and password allowing you to log in to the Nigerian Bird Atlas Project. Your login details will also allow you access to the Animal Demography Unit’s Virtual Museum (http://vmus.adu.org.za) which enables you to help with the mapping of 1000s of other species.
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Nigerian Bird Atlas is a joint initiative of the A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI) of the University of Jos, SABAP2, and the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology University of Cape Town.