This April for the first time the Armenian Society for the Protection of Birds (ASPB) announced a citizen science initiative within the “Bird of the Year 2014” annual campaign. The pilot initiative was organized in Yerevan city. The aim of the monitoring was to collect data about the distribution and population size of Hoopoe in the capital, as well as to involve general public in bird monitoring and its conservation.
A quick eye and love of nature are all that were needed to participate in this initiative. Those, who have seen the Hoopoe, were asked to visit ASPB's website and fill out the data submission form. Everybody was welcomed to participate in the monitoring and there were no limitations. The observation form was designed for two age groups – individuals under 15 years old and adult individuals above 15.
We are glad to note, that ASPB began receiving observations of Hoopoes from Yerevan citizens immediately after the announcement about the citizen science initiative was released and advertised through web portals.
Summarizing the data received during that period it should be noted that most of the observations were made during the breeding season. It is also interesting to note that submissions were made almost from all administrative districts of Yerevan, but most active citizens have been in Qanaqer-Zeithun, Ajapnyak and Erebuni districts.
Unfortunately, observation records have not been sufficient to provide the real statistics, but they allowed us to have some understanding about the Hoopoe numbers and the species distribution area in Yerevan city. Based on the data submissions ASPB has produced the distribution map of the Hoopoe in Yerevan city.
Armenian Society for the Protection of Birds thanks all participants, who took part in this initiative and helped us with the monitoring of the Hoopoe - population size and distribution in parks and gardens of Yerevan.