Welcome to our Statia Tropicbirders Team Page!
We have joined the BirdsCaribbean Global Big Day 2021 Fundraiser campaign as a national team in St. Eustatius!
This fundraiser focuses on the energy, excitement, and comradery that's associated with Global Big Day, happening on May 8th, 2021.
Global Big Day is an annual event in which birders, often in teams, travel around an area trying to observe as many bird species as they can in a 24-hr period of time.
In an effort to keep the event exciting, and give us all an opportunity to celebrate safe birding, BirdsCaribbean has created a fundraiser that brings us all "together" on virtual teams that can engage in friendly competition to (1) raise the most funds, and (2) collectively see the most species of birds on Global Big Day.
We are participating in this event for a really great cause — science, conservation, and education of Caribbean birds.
Funds raised will support BirdsCaribbean's new initiative: the Caribbean Motus Collaboration. This project will provide vital information on the movements of birds and help us to identify the most important sites and habitats for their conservation.
And even better, the funds that our team raises will go towards a Motus Station on Statia!!!
It will also engage youth and communities to learn about birds through this exciting new technology, and how they can help conserve them. This work is critical for keeping our birds in flight for future generations to enjoy!
I invite you to join our team!
Once aboard, you can:
1. Help us fundraise
2. Help us promote the good cause
3. Go birding with us on Global Big Day!
OR, feel free to simply donate to our cause.
This will be a fun event for everyone involved. THANK YOU!
*While COVID is decreasing in some islands and more and more people are getting vaccinated, it’s still important to be cautious. Be sure to choose birding locations that (1) comply with your municipality’s COVID-19 safety guidelines (i.e. social distancing, wearing a mask, and travel guidelines), and (2) comply with your personal safety preferences. And so whether you will be birding at local parks, reserves, wetlands, beaches, neighborhood, or backyard, we will all be enjoying the opportunity to get outside and relish our beautiful birds. Additionally, we will all be birdwatching “together” for a great cause that unites us!
p.s. As described on the main campaign page, we will all submit our bird observations to eBird or eBirdCaribbean. That way, we can tally up the species seen by each team and contribute to science and conservation on Global Big Day. Prizes will be awarded for the teams that see the most species, the most endemics, the country team with the most birds seen (controlling for differences in the number of species on each island, etc. Stay tuned for more details to come!