Every January, thousands of volunteers across Asia and Australasia visit wetlands in their country and count waterbirds. This event is called the Asian Waterbird Census (AWC), which is part of a global waterbird monitoring programme, the International Waterbird Census (IWC), coordinated by Wetlands International. Labuan Avian Group participate the yearly event under supervision Malaysian Nature Society (Sabah) with the technical support of EAST ASIAN-AUSTRALASIAN FLYWAY PARTNERSHIP . The main objective of this event are;
- To obtain information on an annual basis of waterbird populations at wetlands in the region during the non-breeding period of most species;
- To monitor on an annual basis the status and condition of wetlands ;
- To encourage greater interest in waterbirds and wetlands amongst people, and thereby promote the conservation of wetlands and waterbirds in the region.