Chumphon Raptor Center > Flyway Watcher Project 2016
Flyway Watcher Project 2016

          Khao Dinsor in Chumphon Province, Southern Thailand, is the pre-eminent site in SE Asia from which to study the spectacular bird migration of over 580,000 individuals and over 350,000 raptors of 33 species passing the site each autumn. For 11 weeks each year, from 1st September to 15th November, the migration is monitored by local interns and a count coordinator, funded by THE FLYWAY FOUNDATION. Capture and banding of raptors is also conducted by researchers.

          If you enjoy counting, watching and identifying raptors and other diurnal migrant birds, please consider joining us for a week or more as Flyway Watchers. For donation only 500 Thai’s bahts per day per person. We will arrange accommodation, meal and transportation for you at real costs. Good company and the satisfaction of contributing to a worthwhile endeavour in a scenically spectacular area will be your reward. Your financial support will also enable THE FLYWAY FOUNDATION project to be sustainable. Local interns will assist you to identify birds and in addition, you may also have the opportunity to assist researchers with mist- netting and banding tropical birds on occasion.

          Applicants for Flyway Watchers positions should be physically fit
(it is a steep, 20-30 minute climb to the observation site); have their own optical instruments (binoculars, camera/telephoto lens and telescope if possible). It will be great if you are experienced birdwatchers, preferably with previous experience in the tropics or with raptors. In addition, you should have a valid tourist visa and health insurance. To submit your application, or for further information, please contact Dr. Kaset Sutasha, THE FLYWAY FOUNDATION Treasurer at email:
Booking will be completed after donation banking transfer :

General information.

1. Khao Dinsor, known as the Hawk Mountain of Asia is the pre-eminent site in SE Asia for observing southbound raptor migration, with over 350,000 raptors of 33 species passing the site each autumn. The count site offers panoramic views over a scenic coastline.

2. THE FLYWAY FOUNDATION is a non-profit body which helps promote appreciation of Thai fauna through supporting conservation-oriented research by both Thai and foreign scientists. Its current research focus is study migration of birds, especially raptors at Khao Dinsor since 2010.

3. By choosing to assist in the raptor-counting programme at Khao Dinsor you can make a real contribution to the development of this premier bird observatory site in southern Thailand, thereby helping promote awareness of the conservation and the study of migratory birds.

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