Birding Conservation Initiative
Bird watching and birding is a booming international business opportunity that attracts low volume, low impact and high return visitors that boost rural tourism economies and support jobs in rural areas. Bird watching and birding remains one of worlds leading recreational activities. With more accessible birding and bird watching destinations available, there has been a massive increase in the number of internationally itinerant bird watching and birding tourists traveling all over the world in search of birds. In East Africa, there are many birding destinations with rare and different bird species and they include:Kenya (Nakuru), Uganda (Kibale forest national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Budongo forest, Mabira forest, Murchison Falls national park, Mabamba swamp and Bwindi national park), Tanzania (Mountain forests of Arusha National park, Ngorogoro, Rift Valley escapement, plains of Sinya, Serengeti) and Rwanda (Akagera National park).
More so, East Africa is a blessed land of different bird species found in different place but Tanzania is an amazing birding destination in the world and it boasts a bird list of over 1,038 species making it the 3rd biggest in Africa. The country is also blessed with excellent guides specialized in Bird life and they take the visitors through the most interesting areas in Northern Tanzania focusing into different habitats and ecosystems. The country is also a great ideal place for keen naturalists, people interested in something else than wildlife safaris from the comfort of their vehicle.
Apart from the usual game drives in different East African safari destinations, birding activity can be too exiting since tourists take walks in the Acacia woodlands, forests, wetlands and plains in search of the most interesting bird species.
On Feb/ 17/2010, The American Bird Conservancy and similar organizations in 12 countries started a tourism initiative aimed at saving endangered bird species in the world. However, the general number of birds in the world is approximately 10,000. Among all the bird species in the world, there are a number of bird species that have not been recorded in the wild in recent years and may or may not be extinct. The Ivory-billed Woodpecker is a recent high-profile example. The Hawaiian Crow is presently the rarest bird known to persist in the United States. However, the entire population of fewer than 100 birds is currently held in captivity. Several other species around the world are only known in captivity at present, following the extinction of their wild populations. These include the Socorro Dove, the Spix’s Macaw, and the Alagoas Curassow.
Additionally, the international project, called “Conservation Birding,” was designed to help finance bird reserves across the world by developing them as birding tourism destinations with lodges, trails and other facilities for visitors. The conservancy said.
“They have so far created 36 reserves, 18 of which can provide visitor accommodations. The reserves provide refuge for more than 2,000 bird species nearly half of the total found across the entire world, the ABC said, noting many of the reserves also provide wintering habitats for migratory song birds.
“International birding travel is already popular, and they want more birders to know that their pastime can actually contribute to saving the species they love,” said ABC Vice President Mike Parr. “Birding safaris can provide a source of direct financial support to the reserves, helping them become self-sufficient and sustainable in the long term.”
Therefore, the conservation birding program if implemented in East Africa, birding tourism will support the reserves and also help to promote sustainable tourism in the areas where the activity is done.Google+