FERAL: Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning

Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning

The Great Backyard Bird Count

About
FERAL is helping organise the Great Backyard Bird Count in and around Pondicherry between the 17th and 20th of February 2017. Among the sites we would like to cover are the Kalivelli Lake, the Ousteri Bird Sanctuary and the Bahour Lake. CERD/PSF are leading the bird count at Bahour.This year there will be a much larger participation from schools and we hope that some of the participants will conduct a bird count a their campuses as well and contribute to the biggest birding event of the year.
Description

FROM THE GBBC WEBSITE:

What
GBBC India is the Indian implementation of the global Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs for 4 days every February. Indian birders have participated in the GBBC since the event went worldwide in 2013.

Why
Most importantly, it’s fun! But there is a serious aspect as well. These annual snapshots of bird populations help answer a variety of important questions, including how birds are distributed across the country, how they are affected by changes in habitat and weather, and whether populations and distributions might be changing from year to year. In addition, you can use the opportunity of this event to get others involved in birding, to reach out to the general public, or even to run a local or regional project!

If you live or work on a campus, then you may be interested in the Campus Bird Count that runs alongside.

How
Go birding for at least 15 min, listing and counting all the species you see. It doesn’t matter if you can’t identify every single species — what you can identify is good enough! Login to www.ebird.org/india and submit your species list. For those new to eBird, read the brief description, and do go through our detailed beginner’s guide; create an account and start using eBird right away to get used to the platform.

Who
GBBC India is coordinated by the Bird Count India collective, a coming-together of a number of groups and organisations that are interested in birds, nature and conservation. Do join us!

GBBC India is the Indian implementation of the global Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs for 4 days every February. Indian birders have participated in the GBBC since the event went worldwide in 2013.

Images
Students from Le'ecole Internationale, Pondicherry. The school campus is just 5km from Kalivelli.
Experienced birders from the Pondicherry University and Auroville handled the actual count and were the resource persons for the event.
Event Information

Resources

FERAL Team

Kumaran K
Jr. Research Fellow
R.S. Bhalla
Senior Doctoral Fellow
Selva Ganesh

Event Details

Date: 17th Feb 2017 to 20th Feb 2017
Venue: Ousteri, Kaliveli and Bahour lakes
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Event Image Slideshow

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