Time to awaken the bird watcher in you

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MUMBAI, November 11: To commemorate the birth anniversary of the ‘Bird Man of India’, late Dr Sálim Ali (1896-1987) on November 12, BNHS-India has announced the revival of the Sálim Ali Bird Count across India. The date for this year’s Bird Count has been finalized for November 15 and will continue every year on the Sunday following November 12. It is a one day event with no barriers for participation, the only criteria being one’s interest in birds.

Bird watchers are invited to participate in this event by observing birds wherever they like and wherever it is possible for at least 15 minutes, and preferably for over an hour. Complete lists of all species spotted (ideally with counts of individuals) can then be submitted on the eBirds website (www.ebird.org/india) from where BNHS will download, analyze and circulate the findings. One can visit multiple locations during the day, but it is imperative to maintain and upload separate bird list (and count) for each location.

The event presents a good opportunity for birders to visit the Important Bird Areas (IBAs), as well as protected areas or community conserved wilderness areas around them. The Sálim Ali Bird Count can become a means for monitoring the status of birds and their habitats if one visits the same location every year. Bird conservation and natural history groups could also use this occasion to organize other events to popularize bird watching among the general public.

BNHS has invited anyone and everyone interested in birds to participate in this unique Bird Count, which aims to actively involve the community in conservation. Media reports and photographs on the same can be sent directly to BNHS. The bird lists, however, should be uploaded on the eBird website itself. For anyone new to eBirds, BNHS has also requested to check http://ebird.org/content/india/getting-started/

A compiled report of the Bird Count will be released by BNHS soon after the event. The Sálim Ali Bird Count is organized by BNHS in partnership with Bird Count India, a collective of many organizations and groups across the country working towards documenting and monitoring birds.

 

What: Nationwide bird count

When: 15th November 2015

How: (1) Go for bird watching for at least 15 min (preferably longer);

        (2) Make a separate list (with counts of birds) for each location covered;

        (3) Upload your list(s) to eBird India.

Who: Anyone with an interest in birds! This is a great opportunity to introduce your family and friends to the wonderful world of birds.

Contact for further details: [email protected] or 09004924731 / 09022186744

 

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