Research

Bird conservation must have a strong scientific base at its foundation. Therefore, we think it is important to support research projects whenever possible, whether they involve counts, banding or behavioral studies. During our tours, we try to highlight the various research projects being carried out in the region, and explain why they are important for the conservation of a species or its habitat.

eBird

Since early 2013 we have been actively working with eBird, a project developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. eBird is a simple tool to keep track of the birds you see anywhere in the world, allowing you to store and retrieve these observations at any time. You may also access the global database - a wealth of information, because eBird is used by thousands of amateur and professional ornithologists working to learn more about the distribution and movement patterns of birds.

Fernando Enrique and Yeray Seminario, of Whitehawk, are part of a team responsible for reviewing the records and creating data entry filters for Spain, as well as writing the list of birds for Spain. In addition, we post eBird tutorials on our blog for ease of use, and to promote its use among our customers. We upload the lists of birds observed during our travels so they can be shared and used by the birding and conservation community.

If you want to know more about eBird please visit our blog and the official eBird website.

Houbara Bustard Research

Since 2011, Whitehawk has worked with the Spanish NGO GREFA on the conservation of the Canarian Houbara (Chlamydotis undulata fuertaventurae). Considered a subspecies of the Houbara Bustard, it is endemic to the stony plains and sandy steppes of the Canary Islands, the westernmost point for any bustard species in the world.

Currently, the Canarian Houbara population is at about 1000 individuals. It is considered “Endangered” under the Spanish and Canarian catalogues of threatened species. The main conservation issues for this rare subspecies are habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation.

Over the past few years we have been helping to survey for the species on the Canary Islands. The data obtained from these studies is of paramount importance as a basis for management decisions and conservation of the Canarian Houbara.