On Saturday 18th November 2017, NatureUganda in collaboration with Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) and Uganda Wildlife Authority with support from other partners is organizing the Big Birding Day finale dubbed the Birding Festival.
Following the recently concluded Bird race which brought together hundreds of birders, tourism industry players, conservationists, students and children from all over Uganda to record the highest number of bird species in selected IBAs, the Birding festival shall be the climax of all birding activities. Besides creating awareness of Avitourism and bird conservation, the other purpose of the national event is bird data collection for people to get to know the number of bird species.
The festival which is also the prize giving ceremony for all bird race participants and winning teams will be held at the Uganda National Museum starting at 9am. There will be other fun activities for people of all ages including face painting, entertainment, exhibitions and opportunities to network with individuals and companies in tourism, conservation, and Ugandan art.
With the 24hr bird race closed at the stroke of midnight on Saturday, the tally centre stationed at NatureUganda offices in Naguru is still receiving lists of bird species recorded by registered teams countrywide. Some of the things the judges will be looking out for are number of species recorded versus the scale of habitat and size of the team as well as authenticity of lists among other things.
Uganda currently has more than 1,078 bird species which is more than half of Africa's bird count estimated at 2,010 species i.e Uganda has 11.2 per cent of the world species.