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, 17 November 2015

Bird count revived after 20 years

TNN | Nov 10, 2015, 10.01 PM IST

MUMBAI: The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) in its effort to encourage interest of birds among citizens, has decided to renew the Salim Ali Bird Count which was last done over 20 years back.

The nationwide bird count will be held on November 15. The event will commemorate the birth anniversary of late Dr Salim Ali, often called as the bird man of India, on November 12. According to BNHS officials, the count was last done in the early 1990s.

Open to all, bird watchers can participate in the counting 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 from where BNHS will download, analyze and circulate the findings. One can visit multiple locations during the day but must maintain and upload separate bird list and count for each location.

"The bird count presents a good opportunity for birders to visit the important bird areas as well as protected areas or community conserved wilderness. The initiative 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 popularize bird watching," said Atul Sathe, assistant director, BNHS.

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