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Asian Waterbird Census

1 January - 16 January

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The Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) takes place every January. This citizen-science event is a part of the global International Waterbird Census (IWC) that supports the conservation and management of wetlands and waterbirds worldwide.

By using eBird and filling an additional site form, one can take part in this multi-country effort to document the state of our wetlands and waterbirds. To take part you simply visit a wetland and count the birds you see there.  Although the recommended dates for the AWC are 1 – 16 January 2022, counts from any dates in January and February are welcomed.


Jan to Feb 2022


Anywhere in the country


There are three different ways to submit your counts. You can see details of all of them in the announcement for the 2022 census (scroll down to where it says “Counting in India”).

Here we discuss only one of these three options: the eBird plus Wetland Assessment Form. The main points are given below:

  1. Choose a wetland and survey it, listing and counting all species you see. You are asked to survey each site in as complete a manner as possible, keeping track of total counts of species, while avoiding possible double-counting.
  2. Upload your list and counts from the wetland to eBird in the normal way.
  3.  Once your count from the site has been uploaded, share this checklist with the AWC eBird account with username: awcindia and make a note of the link (URL) for the eBird list, which looks like this:
    Also, ‘share’ your list with all those accompanying you.
  4. The AWC asks for some extra information in addition to the counts of birds. This extra information should be uploaded through the AWC India eBird 2022 Wetland Assessment Form. While filling out this form, the most crucial piece of information is the link (URL) to your eBird list/count for that wetland. Additional information asked for are: basic information on the wetland, visit conditions, wetland characteristics, main uses and threats to the wetland.
  5. That is all that’s needed: for each wetland covered, upload your counts to eBird and then fill out the AWC India eBird 2022 Wetland Assessment Form (linked above). This combination is eBird+AWC might be new to you so if you have any questions, please do ask!

Note all the birds you see and hear, and count the numbers of each species. Upload your sightings to eBird. (It’s easiest if you use the eBird mobile app while you’re birding. If you are new to using the eBird, then please watch these videos.

We encourage you to share your messages about the counts through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked In, etc.) and to use the hashtags #waterbirdscount, #AWC, or #AsianWaterbirdCensus. For your posts in India, do tag @WetlandsInt_SA, @BNHSIndia, and @birdcount.in.

Important: Keeping the pandemic in mind, please be careful if you are planning any outdoor birding trips. Please do follow local health guidelines, and bird mindfully.

Header Image: Water Rail Rallus aquaticus © Hemant Dhadnekar/ Macaulay Library from this checklist 


1 January
16 January
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Vyomkesh Buch
Vyomkesh Buch
1 year ago

There are two checklists for same wetland.One of them is already shared.Do I have to fill form again?or just share?

Taej Mundkur
6 months ago
Reply to  Vyomkesh Buch

Presumably this issue is resolved. The main question what is the date of the count – ideally the one within the recommended period should be submitted – along with the Wetland Assessment Form (Google).

Navinchandra Nanalal Bapat
Navinchandra Nanalal Bapat
1 year ago

Navinchandra Bapat i am interested

Jayadev Menon
Jayadev Menon
6 months ago

Will a count taken on Dec 26, 2021 be considered?

Taej Mundkur
6 months ago
Reply to  Jayadev Menon

Hi Jayadev, the ideal period is 1-16 Jan. If you/others are unable to do a count of the site during this time period, your count of 26 Dec will be considered, as will counts in rest of Dec, Jan, or Feb. Good luck with the counts.