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.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Birds to sing for their survival

The Kerala Forest Department is embarking on a unique project to utilise the magic of bird melodies for conservation.

An event to be hosted by the department here on September 18 will provide a venue for foresters, researchers, and music composers to highlight the beauty of birdsongs and make them relevant to conservation efforts.

Original music
Participants in the programme can make original music using a combination of birdsongs and ‘beatbox’ to create awareness about birds and their conservation. The music will be mixed with high-quality photographs and footage of these birds to create a video, linking birds responsible for the sounds in the composition.

Titled “Give birds something to sing about,” the programme involves the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru, with bird ecologist V.V. Robin; scholar-in-residence Ben Mirin from New York; and photographer Prasenjeet Yadav from Bengaluru. While Ben will use beatbox to create music with birdsongs, Prasenjeet will make a video to convey their beauty.

The programme is curated by Aparna U. Banerjee and Sudebi Thakurata.

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