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Second seasonal bird count by BNHS to be held on Jan 15th
- | Wednesday, 11 January 2017 AT 11:41 PM IST
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Pune/Mumbai: The second seasonal bird count under Common Bird Monitoring Programme by BNHS is set to be held on January 15 covering the winter season. The first such programme to monitor common birds was held on September 11, 2016 and aimed at covering the monsoon season.

The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) announced its second pan-India bird count which is conducted seasonally under its initiative of Common Bird Monitoring Programme. BNHS has invited bird watchers, NGOs, ornithologists, and nature lovers to participate in it on a large scale. This programme is based on scientific methodology leading to data collection and in turn conservation of neighbourhood species.

Grids measuring 2 sq km have been plotted using GIS to ensure scientific approach. The participants will be allotted grids after they send BNHS their location; following the line transect method, participants will have to record birds in the data sheet provided by BNHS.

Common Bird Monitoring Programme (CBMP) is a citizen science programme with the objective of involving maximum people in observing birds in their backyard or places they visit regularly. There is a need to accurately monitor trends in common bird populations which served as motivation to design CBMP. Dr Raju Kasambe, Programme Manager - IBA, BNHS says, “Change in the numbers of some common birds is often unnoticed. Monitoring common birds will help us in establishing a baseline data about species distribution and abundance. This data and long-term monitoring will help in understanding population changes of common birds over a period of time.”


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