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Sri Lanka has over 426 species of birds recorded of which nearly 32 species are endemic to the island. A large number of migrant birds arrive during the winter of which waders and other coastal birds make up a significant proportion. Unfortunately, there is not enough data in regard to the migrant species that come to the west coast of Sri Lanka - especially to the Kalpitiya peninsular. Therefore, presently, an effort is under way to collect ecological data of migrant and resident bird species in this area to supplement annual censuses done by birding clubs.
This project is based in the Kalpitiya peninsular in the tropical island of Sri Lanka . Volunteers will work with the field scientists of the Sri Lankan Wildlife Conservation Society (SLWCS) to conduct surveys, ecological studies of the migrant and resident birds, and help develop a bird map using both direct and non-direct observational methods, remote sensing and GIS. All of these efforts will help to develop a checklist of the birds and their densities, identify endangered and threatened species as well as habitats critical for the birds' survival. Volunteers' assistance and participation will help to develop a sustainable conservation program for this vital area for migrant and resident birds. Strategies resulting from this effort will be applied for the conservation and management of this unique and threatened coastal environment.
Volunteers will conduct land and water based surveys in the ocean, lagoon, coastal plains, saltpans, mangroves swamps, salt marshes and sand dune beaches. During a typical week the team will be divided into groups to carry out the following research activities in 2 daily sessions (morning - 06:00 - 11:00, evening 15:00-19:00 and night 18:00 to 07:00)
Program fee covers:
Program fee does not include:
The process to integrate new volunteers to the research work will be done on the first two days at the field site.
Global Crossroad manages your entire supervision and accommodation during the project period. You will be entitled to three local meals and your accommodation would be managed in a tent.
Additional cost of $75 for airport pick and transfer to Galle
Sinhalese Language & Culture (1 week-optional): $250
Mini Venture: $1099