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09:00 AM


10:00 AM




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Date & Time

Time: 9:00-10:00am (CST), Oct.19th

Venue: IB 3106

Zoom ID: 715 337 7467

Host: Prof. Chi-Yeung (Jimmy) Choi, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Duke Kunshan University

*Light refreshments will be provided


Mr. Simba Chan

The Associated Researcher to Both the Japan Bird Research Association and the Wild Bird Society of Japan.


Recently it was revealed from bird monitoring data that land birds, particularly species associated with open habitats (farmland or grassland), have reduced half of their populations in about 40 years in Europe and North America. We believe the situation in Asia could be worse but land bird monitoring is not widely practiced in Asian countries. In 2015, Russia, China, Republic of Korea and Japan launched an East Asia Land Bird Monitoring Scheme, with the goal of eventually covering all countries along the East Asian flyway. This presentation will conclude what has been done, and what more can be done in Asian countries. The Breeding Bird Survey in Japan and the Winter Bunting Count in South Asia and South East Asia will be used as examples.


Simba Chan, born and educated in Hong Kong. Worked at Mai Po Marshes Nature Reserve from 1987 to 1994. From 1995 he moved to Japan and worked at the Wild Bird Society of Japan and from 2005 BirdLife International Asia Division based in Tokyo. His main duty included wetland conservation projects in South East Asia (especially Myanmar), editor of the Red Data Book of Asian Birds, coordinator of Important Bird Area Program in Asia, and in charge of developing networks within the East Asian Australasian Flyway. In the last ten years he contributed much of his time on conservation of the Critically Endangered Chinese Crested Tern and Yellow-breasted Bunting (as flagships of seabirds and land birds in Asia). He is now an Associated Researcher to both the Japan Bird Research Association and the Wild Bird Society of Japan.