Main Group

Welcome to ( ) ; BirdsCaribbean’s main discussion group. The purpose of this e-group is to provide a forum for communication about Caribbean birds. BirdsCaribbean will share news on activities and important conservation and ornithological developments in the region, including news on current projects and announcements about new resources, upcoming workshops and conferences, and funding opportunities. Members of this group are invited to share similar information. The list also provides opportunities for discussion among members about key issues related to bird conservation and research in the region. ( ) is the overarching group that everyone here belongs to. Within this group are "Subgroups,” created for specific BirdsCaribbean Working Groups. If you are interested in joining a Subgroup, submit a request on the main page for the group: Waterbird (Caribbean Waterbird Census) Working Group: ( ) Seabird Working Group: ( ) Education Working Group: Endemic and Threatened Species Working Group: ( ) West Indies Checklist Working Group: ( ) Monitoring Working Group: ( ) International Black-capped Petrel Conservation Group: ( ) West Indian Whistling-Duck Working Group: ( ) This group replaces our BirdsCaribbean Yahoo group, active for more than 20 years! It will continue as a great place to connect with others who are passionate about the science and conservation of these birds and their habitats, as well as the Caribbean communities and livelihoods that are intertwined. Why you're here: to network, share knowledge, collaborate, foster healthy discussion, help build a community, and support one another. We have a no-tolerance policy for subscribers that undertake any actions that compromise this platform from being the safe, equitable, and productive place that it was designed to be. Please email any questions or concerns to: BirdsCaribbean is a vibrant international network of members and partners committed to conserving Caribbean birds and their habitats in the insular Caribbean (including Bermuda, the Bahamas and all islands within the Caribbean basin). Our mission is to raise awareness, promote sound science, and empower local partners to build a region where people appreciate, conserve and benefit from thriving bird populations and ecosystems. We are a non-profit 501(c)3 membership organization. With 32 years of experience, BirdsCaribbean has built an extensive and active network of more than 60 partners across the region that includes government agencies, institutions, businesses, and non-profits. Together with our partners, we develop regional projects to achieve our shared bird conservation goals. We also work to engage people of all ages in learning about birds—their beauty, value, and why it is important to protect them.
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Subgroups You Can Join

  • West Indies Checklist Working Group - BirdsCaribbean
    West Indies Checklist Working Group - BirdsCaribbean ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A discussion group for the West Indies Checklist Working Group. The members of this working group are focused on the update and expansion of The Complete Checklist of the Birds of the West Indies ( ) ! This checklist includes important details for all of the bird species observed in the West Indies, including abundance, seasonality, breeding status, endemism and establishment. Current efforts include incorporating recent records, adding subspecies information and the creation of regional checklists. The Caribbean is home to over 700 species of bird, including 171 species that are endemic to the region, found nowhere else in the world. This checklist is meant to provide a consistent and current view of the avifauna of the West Indies. The goal of The Checklist is to provide consistent, accurate and up-to-date information for use by researchers, conservationists and policy makers and taxonomically follows the current version of the Clements Checklist of birds of the world.
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  • International Black-capped Petrel Conservation Group
    This list serves as a communications tool for the International Black-capped Petrel Conservation Group, a collaborative association of organizations and individuals with a shared interest in the conservation of species across its range. The working group coalesced in 2008 as a forum for members to share information and generate a comprehensive and cooperative conservation plan. The first version of the Conservation Action Plan for the Black-capped Petrel (Goetz et al. 2012) was produced following a 2010 workshop held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and the group has been active in its implementation and adaptation ever since. The working group operates under the auspices of the regional organization, BirdsCaribbean, to take advantage of its international reach and influence. However, members are voluntary and self-identified, and democratically direct themselves. Visit here ( ) for an archive of group notes and newsletters, as well as unpublished field reports.
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  • Endemic and Threatened Species Working Group - BirdsCaribbean
    The goal of the Endemic and Threatened Species Working Group is to promote the conservation and recovery of endemic and threatened birds of the Caribbean, through collaborative monitoring, research, education, outreach, capacity-building and implementation of effective policy, legislation and management.” Over 50% of the Caribbean’s nearly 350 resident bird species are endemic to the region. Of these more than 171 endemic species, 25% are threatened with extinction. Additionally, at least 3 non-endemic resident species are also threatened, meaning over 13% of the Caribbean’s resident avifauna is considered globally threatened according to the IUCN Red List. The Caribbean also hosts many threatened migratory species, with at least 12 species seasonally visiting the region. What is more, the majority of endemic species that are not currently at risk of extinction have populations that are declining. The region’s birds are threatened by several factors (invasive species, habitat loss, overexploitation and climate change) and they require conservation actions and monitoring activities, if we are to prevent future extinctions. This working group aims to provide support for its members as they work to conserve our region’s most threatened bird species.
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  • Education Working Group - BirdsCaribbean
    This group is set up for those interested in bird education in the Caribbean to share information, ideas, materials and opportunities related to raising awareness about Caribbean birds and their habitats. *BirdsCaribbean and our partners celebrate two festivals annually:* The Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival ( ) (CEBF) and World Migratory Bird Day ( ) (WMBD). The goals of both festivals are to 1) increase awareness and appreciation of the region’s amazing endemic, resident and migratory birds, and 2) share activities and simple actions that each of us can take to help conserve birds and their habitats, such as growing native plants that benefit birds in our yards and reducing our plastic use. Volunteer coordinators organize activities in each country for our festivals, including birding walks, talks, programs in schools, wetland and beach clean-ups, tree plantings, art and photography contests and exhibitions, webinars, hands-on activities and games during day-long events, and much more. If you are interested to coordinate an event or join one, please contact our regional coordinators (see below). *CEBF* celebrates the *171* bird species that are found only in the Caribbean, known as endemics. The month-long celebration includes Caribbean-wide activities beginning on Earth Day (April 22), through to International Biodiversity Day (May 22), in more than twenty countries. The highly successful program attracts over 100,000 participants and volunteers each year. Learn more about our *endemic birds here* ( ) and check out our From the Nest campaign ( ) for information and fun activities on endemic birds. *WMBD* celebrates the amazing journeys that migratory birds take each year, traveling thousands of miles to their wintering grounds in fall and back to their breeding grounds each spring. In the Caribbean, we celebrate WMBD in fall when peak numbers of migratory birds are arriving to the islands to spend the winter or stopping over on migration. The official date of WMBD in the Caribbean is the second Saturday of October every year, but coordinators may celebrate any time in the fall that is convenient for you. Check out our Birds Connect our World campaign ( ) to learn more migratory birds that visit the Caribbean, and visit World Migratory Bird Day ( ) for many free, downloadable bird education materials. Our regional coordinators use this group to communicate with local festival coordinators and educators throughout the region about upcoming festival themes, activities and materials (e.g., posters, colouring books) that are available to help you celebrate each year. We encourage everyone in this group to share about your bird education activities and events – we can all learn from and support each other! *For questions about these festivals, please contact :* Eduardo Llegus, CEBF Co-Regional Coordinator: Aliya Hosein, CEBF Co-Regional Coordinator: Laura Babollai, WMBD Coordinator: Lisa Sorenson, BirdsCaribbean Executive Director: *BirdsCaribbean has two additional bird education programs:* BirdSleuth Caribbean ( ) and the West Indian Whistling-Duck and Wetlands Education Program ( ). Exciting training workshops and materials and resources (e.g., curricula, posters, bird ID cards, games, powerpoints, etc.) are available for both programs. Contact Lisa Sorenson for more information: We are thankful to Environment for the Americas for assistance with materials for WMBD every year. And a huge thanks to all of our bird educators and volunteer coordinators for your enthusiasm, dedication, and hard work – you are making the world a better place for birds, nature, and people!
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  • BirdsCaribbean Mentorship Program
    This subgroup/listserv is for mentors and mentees of the BirdsCaribbean Mentorship Program.
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  • Bird Monitoring Working Group - BirdsCaribbean
    Bird Monitoring Working Group - BirdsCaribbean ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ As the overarching working group for monitoring in the West Indies, the Bird Monitoring Working Group ( ) discussion forum will include topics which broadly cover bird monitoring efforts in the region including survey protocols and analysis, bird banding and tracking. The Caribbean Waterbird Census ( ) (Waterbird Working Group), Landbird Monitoring and the up and coming Banding Working Groups are additional Working Groups focused on specific monitoring efforts in the region. The long-term goal of this group is to enable Caribbean countries to build high-quality, bird monitoring and training programs that have regional relevance and significance because of shared species and habitats. This includes developing standardized protocols for training programs, increasing the number of skilled biologists living in the region, and fostering inter-island cooperation and collaboration in the regional monitoring of shared species of birds (including neotropical migrants) and their associated habitats.
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  • Seabird Working Group - BirdsCaribbean
    The Caribbean Seabird Working Group ( ) of BirdsCaribbean is working to conserve and restore the breeding seabirds of the Caribbean. The purpose of this group is to share information on research, monitoring, management, restoration, removal of invasives, and other aspects of seabird conservation. The aims of our working group are to: CONNECT PEOPLE: Bring together people working on, and interested in, Caribbean seabirds SHARE KNOWLEDGE: Share information about research, monitoring, management and conservation of seabirds in the Caribbean PROMOTE CONSERVATION: Seek new opportunities to expand conservation and research activities on Caribbean seabirds, and support those working towards this goal ADVOCATE FOR SEABIRDS: Respond to crises and threats that may impact Caribbean seabirds and their habitats The Seabird Working Group is co-chaired by Ann Sutton ( ) (independent researcher), Rhiannon Austin ( ) (research associate at the University of Liverpool), and Yvan Satgé ( ) (independent researcher associated with Clemson University). Please contact our committee co-chairs if you are interested in getting involved or would like further information on our activities.
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  • West Indian Whistling Duck Working Group - BirdsCaribbean
    This group is set up to provide a forum to discuss issues and share information regarding all aspects of conservation of the globally threatened West Indian Whistling-Duck ( ) (WIWD) and other game bird species in the Caribbean, including research, monitoring, threats to the species or its habitats, conservation and education projects (e.g., WIWD and Wetlands Education Training workshops ( ) ), reintroduction, hunting, and habitat and species management.
    41 Members, 0 Topics, Archives Viewable Only By Members, Restricted
  • Waterbird Working Group - BirdsCaribbean
    The purpose of this group is to provide a place to share information and resources about the Caribbean Waterbird Census ( ) (CWC), shorebirds, and waterbirds in the Caribbean. Established in 2010, the CWC is a multi-partner region-wide waterbird and wetland monitoring program led by BirdsCaribbean. The goal of this program is to learn more about the distribution, status, and abundance of waterbirds in the Caribbean in order to better conserve and manage these beautiful birds and their habitats. We also aim to increase awareness, build capacity, and engage non-governmental organizations, government agencies, communities, and volunteers in wetland monitoring and conservation. Ultimately, we want to identify and ensure that as many important wetland sites as possible are conserved. We post information, news, and updates about the CWC and other aspects of monitoring, such as timing of regional counts, availability of grants, materials, and training opportunities, data entry and analysis, etc. Group members are encouraged to post questions for discussion, share photos of challenging birds to ID (those pesky shorebirds!), and also to share the results of their monitoring efforts, including rare and/or unusual sightings or urgent threats to wetlands. *All persons interested in becoming involved in waterbird/ shorebird and wetland monitoring in the Caribbean are welcome to join the group and participate in the CWC.* The CWC Regional Count takes place every year from January 14 th to February 3 rd. However, everyone is encouraged to conducts counts year-round, especially during fall and spring migration periods (August to November and March to June). We need much more information about the sites that migratory waterbirds and shorebirds use for wintering and migration stopover so that we can take actions to conserve these sites. Click here to learn how to participate in the CWC ( ). Click here for access to free downloadable shorebird ID resources. ( ) ** *For more information, contact:* Jessica Rozek Cañizares, BirdsCaribbean Waterbird Program Manager: Lisa Sorenson, BirdsCaribbean Executive Director: Lisa.Sorenson@BirdsCaribbean
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