The Bird Ecology Study Group has just breached yet another milestone – a million hits.
On the occasion of a million hits, we take the opportunity to again acknowledge the generosity of many: Jacqueline Lau who continues to hosts the blog; bird photographers affiliated to NaturePixels who generously allow us to make use of their excellent images; local and overseas contributors who willingly share their observations; and of course you the viewers who continue to visit the blog
BESG was conceived in 2005 to fill an urgent need. The subsequent years saw the success of the blog beyond our wildest dreams. This is because we provide an aspect of birding that birdwatchers longed for. Lack of an effective leadership led birdwatchers into a decade long slide into activities involving mainly ticking and listing.
The Nature Society (Singapore) was initially reluctant to formally accept the BESG. The Bird Group was against a rival group challenging its dominance in the local birding scene. It took the threat of an Extraordinary General Meeting and a subsequent under the counter “deal” with the then President before she was willing to bring the issue to a vote with the Exco members. As expected, the BESG was formally approved as a special interest group by all except one member who declined to vote – see HERE for a full account of how the BESG came into being
We now provide an active forum where photographers, birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts can showcase their encounters and images, check on bird behaviour or query on puzzling happenings.
Currently, we have over 1,370 posts on various aspects. The weblog has now morphed into a scientific database on bird behaviour. In fact, many posts have been consolidated and published in peer-review scientific journals. And although our support base is still local, we are getting more and more supporters from all over the world (above). In fact this blog is one of the top few bird blogs in cyberspace.
Thank you all. The success of this blog is attributed to you.
17th September 2009
(Image of visitor locations from 3 Feb-12 September 2009 courtesy of ClustrMaps)