Global Big Day was created with the goal of dedicating a full day to the promotion of birdwatching internationally. Each country participating must collectively identify as many birds as possible. This activity represents a serious commitment to the conservation of these species and to the preservation of the diversity of birdlife.
By working hard and making the best of the day's conditions, each person or group of people from the countries participating must tally as many bird species as possible on their smart phones by using the Birdlog application (available for Ipods and Ipads). In the application, they first create an account and then log the start time, duration and site at which they spotted the bird.
Peru's participation in Global Big Day
Peru's participation in Global Big Day on May 9th was a resounding success, as it broke a world record and won first place for the number of birds identified, with a total of 1188 species, besting countries like Brazil with 1125, Colombia with 865, the United States with 717, and Panama in fifth place with 624.
The highest number of birds was tallied in the Peruvian departments of Madre de Dios and Cusco, with 441 birds on each checklist. The event underscored Peru's potential as a birding destination.
*Species: Number of birdwatching participants registered for the event.
**Lists: The number of bird species estimated to be found in a given place.