The Nigeria Bird Atlas Project (NiBAP)
Nigeria is a vast country with a rich diversity of habitats, biodiversity and natural resources. However, as we are still discovering the value and importance of these resources, they are already fast being lost, as our rapidly growing population increases dependency on these resources. Amongst Nigeria’s rich biodiversity are over 920 bird species. Birds are ubiquitous, colourful and charismatic and have been a part of people’s cultural history. They are highly mobile and can move great distances in response to environmental conditions. Birds are therefore good indicators of general environmental health and are often studied and observed to help improve our understanding of the state of our environment.
The Nigeria Bird Atlas Project is a joint initiative of A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI) of the University of Jos, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and the Animal Demography Unit of the University of Cape Town which seeks to map the distribution of Nigeria’s birds and describe their natural history with the help of volunteer members of the public who are keen to learn about and conserve Nigeria’s biodiversity! It is an exciting and stimulating project that combines a lot of excellent birding, exploring new and fascinating parts of the country, state-of-the-art technology and serious science to produce dependable results that can be used to take real action for conservation.
If you are at all interested in watching and learning about birds, have any concern for the conservation of Nigeria’s biodiversity and enjoy being outside and exploring new places, then the Nigeria Bird Atlas is the project for you!