Mumbai: 4th December: Winters herald the welcome of winged visitors to the city and other parts of the country as well. Birds migrate in a quest to find suitable weather for winters, feeding grounds and areas suitable to their needs. They have always intrigued and attracted humans. A lot of studies have been done and are being done to understand the mysteries of the avian world, but a lot is still unknown. Along with research in the avian world focusing on conservation, migration and documentation, BNHS also works on reaching out and disseminating information to the public. “Migratory Marvels”, calendars for 2018, themed on migratory birds is a step towards creating awareness about bird migration.
Bird watching is now taking wings as a hobby for an increasing number of people. The season for bird watching is now beginning with a lot of people taking active interest in this activity. With the lowering temperatures, migratory birds have started arriving in their desired locations. As a means to reach out to the already existing and ever expanding community of bird watchers, BNHS has designed the “Migratory Marvels”. The calendar exhibits photograph of one migratory bird for every month in an effort to educate and create awareness in an unconventional way through a calendar. The calendar includes beautiful photographs of birds like the Bar-headed Geese migrating in large numbers to Magadi Tank in Karnataka and the Pong Dam; Flamingos who come to Mumbai in large numbers for the winter; the Northern Pintail congregating in Chilika; Demoiselle Crane migrating to Kheechan in Rajasthan; and other birds for rest of the months.
Another popular species, the glorious tiger takes the place of pride for a second set of calendars themed “The Charismatic Cat”. These calendars sport twelve mesmerizing pictures of the big cat along with information about this species. Conservation of species and environment on the whole is important but it is not only the responsibility of scientists and researchers. People are also accountable for maintaining the environment around them which can be achieved by undertaking small steps and efforts.
The BNHS diary for upcoming year talks about tiny contributions one can make towards conservation. Each month has a small message with tidbits of information motivating people to save the environment. The calendars and diaries are available at BNHS. Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 022-22025482/81 for further information.