Nov 13, 2015
MUMBAI: To commemorate the birth anniversary (November 12) of the ‘Bird Man of India’, late Dr Salim Ali (1896-1987), BNHS-India announced the revival of the Salim Ali Bird Count across India. The date for this year’s Bird Count has been finalized for November 15 2015 and will continue every year. 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 Salim 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.
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.