Established in 1962, Khao Yai National Park is the first national park of Thailand. It is also regarded as an ASEAN Heritage Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its pristine forest and the abundance of wildlife. Because of the high variety of birds including globally threatened species and regional endemics that have been reported within the national park such as Masked Finfoot (Heliopais personatus), Silver Oriole (Oriolus mellianus) and Coral-billed Ground-cuckoo (Carpococyx renauldi), Khao Yai National Park is also regarded as one of the Important Bird Areas (IBAs) by BirdLife.
Khao Yai Bird Census is an annual activity organised by BCST to monitor the trends and populations of birds within Khao Yai National Park. It is carried out by bird experts, BCST members and volunteers who are interested. Data collected during the census is provided to the national park as well as the public.
Khao Yai Bird Census Reports
2015 — Khao-Yai-Census-2015
2016 — Khao-Yai-Census-2016
Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) is a project aimed to monitor the populations of waterbirds throughout Asia. Started in 1967 by Wetlands International (then called International Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Bureau – IWRB), it is a global project which incorporates regional partners in 26 countries around Asia and the Pacifics. Thailand has started monitoring its waterbirds as part of the AWC in 1986 and has continued ever since. With help from volunteers, local conservation groups and wildlife research stations under the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP), data of waterbirds monitoring throughout Thailand is compiled and analysed by BCST.
Waterbirds are good indicators of the richness and wellness of wetlands. They can strongly reflect or show signs of threats, whether they’re habitat degradation or pressures from hunting and development. The AWC is a good way to engage birdwatchers and nature lovers, to participate in citizen science activity such as bird monitoring, and contribute to the conservation of species and their habitats.
The annual AWC is regularly hold within January of each year. Data from the AWC is also used to support the International Waterbird Census (IWC) which looks at the populations of waterbirds at a global scale.
Asian Waterbird Census Reports
2018 — BCST-AWC-2018
2017 — BCST-AWC-2017
2016 — BCST-AWC-2016