Ethno-ornithology World Atlas

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Ethno-ornithology World Atlas

About the Group

The Ethno-ornithology World Atlas (EWA) promotes the engagement of all people in bird conservation by sharing their knowledge and understanding of birds, and helping to safeguard cultural identities. EWA is founded on the recognition that humans everywhere are inspired culturally, practically and spiritually by birds.

Through EWA we encourage knowledge-holders to share culturally-relevant knowledge of birds, including local and traditional ecological knowledge, globally via the internet and other media. We work with indigenous people, local communities, conservationists and academics, and their institutions, to promote bird conservation through the recognition, affirmation and celebration of traditional and contemporary knowledge, and the environmental stewardship ethic inherent within diverse cultural traditions.

 The Ethno-ornithology World Atlas has been developed through a collaboration between Oxford University’s Department of Zoology (Edward Grey Institute) and School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (Institute of Human Sciences), BirdLife International and Lynx Edicions. The project is underwritten by an MOU signed by all parties in 2013. EWA was developed under a grant from the AHRC to Dr Gosler through the Department of Zoology and is currently operating through the following research programme to Humanities.

For more information:


Dr Andrew Gosler (EWA Research Director)

Dr John Fanshawe (BirdLife International)
Dr Karen Park (EWA Linguist, Univ. Pittsburgh)
Dr Felice Wyndham (EWA Anthropologist)

Katie Murtough (D.Phil. student, Zoology)
Zhenhuan Zhang (D.Phil. student, Zoology)
Ami Pekrul (D.Phil. student, Zoology)
Bastian Thomsen (D.Phil. student, Anthropology)
Martin Gebauer (D.Phil. student, Geography)

Dr Nishant Kumar (Visiting Researcher, Zoology)
Dr Grace Pam (Former D.Phil in ethno-ornithology, Zoology)