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Arrivals Project

Introduction


The Arrivals project began in 2003 as an off-shot of SPEA's project Ornithological News, to improve knowledge about the spring arrival in continental Portugal of some summer species. On a medium term, the project aims to describe the multi-annual arrival tendencies of selected species.
The methodology is based upon volunteers sending in their arrival observation. Volunteers communicate their observations through SPEA's Ornithological News project's mailing list and also the email address chegadas[arroba]spea.pt.
The concept of Primary and Secondary species, created in 2007, was abandoned in 2008 as more species were added. Currently, we are gathering data on all migratory species equally, with no restrictions.
An Access database was created to easily record all observations, including those of wintering individuals of migratory species, as is the case in several swallows, herons, quails, etc.
One of the important aspects of this project is the early detection of species upon arrival. The inevitable gap between the actual arrival and detection arises from the species' own traits as well as the abundance of volunteer observers and their willingness to send in data.
We record the date, place and municipality of the first observation received. Observations are classified as Wintering, Early, Standard, Late or Repeats. Wintering are birds whose observation is very different from the usual records for that region. Early and Late observations are those in which there is quite a gap between actual arrival and the observation.
Project Arrivals was registered and accepted at the European Phenology Network, becoming this network's 60th european project. - learn more


Results

The project's results are presented in the 2008 Arrivals Report, with an individual analysis for the main species. This report can be download at:
- 2008 Arrivals Project Report
The project's results are presented in the 2009 Arrivals Report, with an individual analysis for the main species. This report can be download at:
- 2009 Arrivals Project Report
The project's results are presented in the 2009 Arrivals Report, with an individual analysis for the main species. This report can be download at:
- 2010 Arrivals Project Report


Future Goals

It will be important to increase coverage of areas with few records to improve the results' consistency. To achieve this, the projects needs more promotion and to try and motivate more observers in those areas to participate.
Considering phenology is an important field of study for the understanding and conservation of wild birds in Portugal, it would be interesting to extend the project to other species and other areas of phenology, such as wintering birds, non-breeding migrants and subjects such as breeding ecology.


A call to participation!


We take this opportunity to appeal to all birdwatchers to send us their summer species arrivals records. Just send an email to chegadas[at]spea.pt, indicating the species, date, place and municipality. The projects thanks!

Note: please replace [at] with @
Photos: Abelharuco © Faísca; Andorinha-das-barreiras © Tina Chaves.







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