The Big Month 2020 just ended on January 31st!
The Big Month is a massive citizen science project for the whole month of January 2020, aimed to fill the existing gaps in bird data of Java and Bali to understand the large – changes in distribution and possible bird declines in the areas that are not normally monitored. It is a collaboration between Birdpacker, Indonesian Ornithologist Union (IdoU) and Manchester Metropolitan University. Cikananga was also one of the contributors to the Big Month 2020, arranging a series of birding morning in Sukabumi.
With contribution and enthusiasm of staff and volunteers of Cikananga, we managed to conduct a birding morning at the hardcore track of Bibijilan Waterfall, beautiful landscape of Nyalindung tea plantation, and two grids at Cianjur. Furthermore, with the generous help from the staff, a small group birding trip was also conducted in a total of 19 blank grids across Sukabumi and Cianjur. For the last one month, we submitted a total of 56 species of bird from 78 bird checklists. Our final day of the 2020 Big Month was special with a visit from Stuart Marsden and we did a flash birding around Cikananga. We owe a huge thanks for all the staff and volunteers for all their contributions to the big month birding series at Cikananga.