West African Bird Study Association (WABSA) was formed in April 1994, by indigenous Gambian youths, who are concerned citizens to preserve the country's flora and fauna. WABSAs main objective is to support governmental and non-governmental agencies to formulate policies that will effectively and practically mainstream bird study and environmental protection, which play a vital role in the sustainable development of the country.
The association is registered as a charitable and non-profit making conservation non-Government Organization (NGO Reg N˚ 77) and the Birdlife International Africa partner in The Gambia.
Its program of activities is based on objectivity and reflects on the current situation regarding birds and their habitats in The Gambia. The programmes are directed by the Board of Directors and national members are key in the decision-making process. WABSA is currently engaged in research work on local names of birds, establishing bird study clubs in schools and sanctuaries, awareness creation in bird study and its related activities through the press and the electronic media. It has some major community projects in Marakissa, Brufut, Kartong, Bambali, Kutirr and Sifoe community bird sanctuary. Other intervention sites include Niumi National Park, Jokadu National Park,Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve , Kiang West National Park, Tanbi Wetland National Park,Tanji (Bijol island ) bird reserve , and Pirang Bontonforest. The association is also collaborating with the government in the establishment and monitoring of IBAs and KBAs