As there are so many partners involved in this international project we thought it would be helpful to explain who is doing what and where. This post is a simplified alphabetic directory of the players.
RSPB is The BirdLife Partner in the UK and leads and coordinates Sociable Lapwing conservation internationally. The RSPB became a BirdLife Species Champion to help generate funds and raise awareness of the plight of the Sociable Lapwing in August 2008.
ACBK are the project partner in Kazakhstan and have been instrumental in driving conservation action for Sociable Lapwing in Kazakhstan since 2005.
AEWA – African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement – is an international treaty for the conservation of migratory waterbirds developed under the auspices of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). Amongst others, AEWA provides a framework for the development and implementation of the International Single Species Action Plan for the conservation of the Sociable Lapwing.
BNHS – Bombay Natural History Society is the BirdLife Partner in India. While there are records of wintering Sociable Lapwings in India and Pakistan the breeding population and eastern flyway currently remain a mystery.
DD is the BirdLife Partner Designate in Turkey. DD have been active participants in Sociable Lapwing conservation for several years, monitoring birds migrating through Turkey. Here DD staff are seen searching for Sociable Lapwings during the 2009 autumn migration using high quality binoculars and telescope provided by Swarovski Optik that enable them to monitor the birds even when light conditions are poor.
Nature Iraq is the BirdLife Partner in Iraq and has been instrumental in monitoring and protecting Sociable Lapwings on passage in Iraq. They have also been active in lobbying to stop the hunting of Sociable Lapwings by falconers.
RBCU – Russian Bird Conservation Union is the project partner in Russia.
In addition to monitoring Sociable Lapwings on migration SSCW also leads conservation for the Critically Endangered Northern Bald Ibis in Syria.