As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday 25 February 2014

'Reinvent bird races to conserve, educate too'

TNN | Feb 24, 2014, 01.36 AM IST

NAGPUR: Birders at the annual Nagpur Bird Race expressed a need to reinvent the concept to sustain interest and enthusiasm of bird watchers, and give them a new experience.

The birders were deliberating after the eighth edition of the Nagpur Bird Race, jointly organized by Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) and Yuhina Eco-Media, along with Society for Wildlife Conservation, Education and Research (Wild-CER).

Senior bird watcher Dr Tarique Sani said, "In Nagpur, the time when we needed to get people interested in birding has passed. There are plenty of birders now, and we need to improve the quality of the birder community. Apart from the competition aspect, conservation and educational aspects can be added to bird races."

This year, however, the number of participants was very low compared to earlier times. "TheMaharashtra Pakshimitra Sammelan forced us to delay this event, and the birding season is almost over. Now, children are also busy with exams," said Dr Bahar Baviskar of WILD-CER.

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