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Participate in the Sálim Ali Bird Count organized by BNHS

Mumbai: To honor the ‘Bird Man of India’, late Dr Sálim Ali (1896-1987), BNHS pays homage by organizing the Sálim Ali Bird Count across India. After the success of last year’s Count, the date for this year’s Bird Count has been finalized for 13th November 2016 and will continue every year on the Sunday following 12thNovember. This pan-India Count is a day long event open to everyone across the country, with only criteria for participation being one’s interest in birds.

BNHS invites all the bird watchers to participate in this event, simply by observing birds on the location of their choice and convenience, for a minimum of fifteen minutes and ideally over an hour. Lists of all species spotted (ideally with counts of individuals) can be submitted by filling count summary sheet which is available on www.bnhs.org and sent via email to our Research Assistant, Mr. Nandkishor Dudhe on n.dudhe@bnhs.org. Bird watchers can visit multiple locations during the day, but it is imperative to maintain separate bird lists (and count) for each location.

Count Summary Sheet is a pre-prepared excel sheet containing a checklist of birds found in India. Data collected by bird watchers through the day on the field must be entered in the count summary excel sheet and sent to BNHS. Participants can reach out to us on the below given contact numbers in case of any queries.

Dr Deepak Apte, Director BNHS notes “Sálim Ali Bird Count is a flagship programme of BNHS. We aim to take it to pan-India level and involve more people over the course of next few years by strengthening the Indian Bird Conservation Network.” This yearly Count organized by BNHS presents bird watchers with a good opportunity to visit the Important Bird Areas (IBAs), protected areas or other community conserved wilderness around them. Over consecutive years, the Sálim Ali Bird Count could become a means of monitoring the status of birds and their habitats if participants visit the same area 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.

What: Nationwide bird count
When: 13th November 2016, Sunday
How: (1) Go for bird watching for at least 15 min (preferably longer);
(2) Fill separate count summary sheets for each location covered;
(3) Submit your sheets on n.dudhe@bnhs.org
Who: Anyone with an interest in birds! This is a great opportunity to introduce your family and friends to the wonderful world of birds.
Contact for further details: Mr. Nandkishor Dudhe on n.dudhe@bnhs.org or 08087738422/09004924731

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