A training workshop was held from 5th to 7th March 2014 to prepare participants for the birding activities and data collation of the Ibadan Bird Club (IBC). This training has become necessitated as parts of the efforts to introduce another volunteer-based bird conservation group in Ibadan,after the success of the Lekki Bird Club in Lagos. The training was largely field based and was held in University of Ibadan (UI) and International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria.
Activities of the training workshop were in two parts; lecture presentation and field session. The lecture presentation took place on Day 1 (March 5th) at the Department of Wildlife & Ecotourism, UI and it exposed participants to birds generally, some birding tips/techniques and the concept of Citizen Science. The field sessions took place on Day 2 (March 6th) and Day 3 (March 7th) at Awba Dam, UI and Golf Course in IITA respectively. The practical sessions gave the trainees the opportunity to practise the bird identification, counting of birds and also recording of information learnt during the lecture presentation.
Over 30 participants including students from UI and other Universities participated in this 3-day Training Workshop. Staffs from IITA including the Forest Project Manager and also the Head of Department, Wildlife and Ecotourism Department were present during the 3-day programme. The participants felt the training was very informative as it was practical, while many of them agreed that they were ready to put the newly gained skills to use for the IBC.
This course was held as a partnership between Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Forest Project IITA and the Department of Wildlife & Ecotourism, UI. It was financed by the Africa Bird Club (ABC) Conservation Funds.