Authored by Brad Czerniak

The annual waterfowl counts is a project coordinated by NatureUganda secretariat through a team of volunteers who are bird enthusiasts. The programme is used as an avenue to train young biologists who are presumed to be the next people to continue with the programme and train others too. The water bird monitoring specifically provides clear description of water bird patterns (resident and migratory) including their roosting, feeding and/or breeding sites. It also estimates water bird numbers, providing baselines for species composition. This allows spatial and temporal patterns to be demonstrated including their sites. It also contributes to the global efforts of water bird monitoring while providing data to national and global WFC Databases, an avenue for advocacy for site conservation action or interventions. Generally, the program helps conservation NGOs, governments, national databases and international databases by supplying valuable information. There are 28 regular sites currently in Uganda, covering 14 IBAs where waterfowl counts are conducted. There are also 14 other sites in non-IBA areas. The places visited include wetlands, open water bodies, crater lakes, ponds and islands. The water bird survey is designed to strengthen the water bird monitoring program that produces detailed analyses of habitats, trends and patterns every January and July.