Bird Monitoring and eBird Workshop in Ladakh 6

A workshop on bird monitoring and documentation was organised in Leh on 09 August 2016 by Bird Count India, Nature Conservation Foundation and Wildlife Conservation and Birds Club of Ladakh. The Department of Wildlife Protection J&K, Snow Leopard Conservancy, WWF – J&K and Angnam Production and Advt supported the workshop. The aim of the workshop was to communicate the importance of birds and their habitats in Ladakh and understanding the need for regular monitoring and documentation of the birdlife in the region.

Explaining eBird tools at the workshop

Explaining eBird tools at the workshop

Almost 60 people, including 25 students of the Elizer Joldan Memorial College, attended the workshop. It began with Tsewang Namgail of SLC, Lobzang Vasuddha of WCBCL and the Wildlife Warden, Tsering Angchok, speaking about birding in Ladakh and stressing the need for increased awareness and conservation measures to protect the biodiversity of this incredible landscape. Following them, Stanzin Namgail of NCF and Prof Tashi of EJM College spoke to the participants about the birds of Ladakh. The Pocket Guide to Birds of Spiti and Ladakh was released at the event.

The release of the Pocket Guide to the Birds of Spiti and Ladakh

The release of the Pocket Guide to the Birds of Spiti and Ladakh

The workshop, delivered in English and Hindi, focussed on the need of documenting birds in the region. Using several examples showcasing the potential of data generated from eBird, Ramit Singal communicated the importance of regular monitoring to the participants. An interactive session was held to discuss what kind of information and knowledge of the birds could be generated using eBird and the participants asked several relevant questions. The workshop closed with a session on how to use eBird on the phone and the web.

A post-workshop birding session was then held at Spituk with over 30 attendees taking part in the birdwalk. Binoculars were shared, curiosity was expressed and many gasps were heard as students and birders spotted some stunning birds such as the Wagtails and Rosefinches in breeding plumages, Redstarts, Chiffchaffs and many others. The walk in the cool weather was made even more pleasant as the clouds held back against the sun to provide a magnificent rainbow as the backdrop!


A small flock of Mountain Chiffchaffs under scrutiny as a rainbow appears in the background

A small flock of Mountain Chiffchaffs comes under scrutiny as a rainbow appears in the background

Ladakh sees a number of visiting birders in the summer months, and records are regular from a number of popular areas. However, much of the region remains under-represented on eBird and there are no local birders who contribute to the database and thus, the region’s birdlife remains relatively unknown. It is hoped that this workshop is a step forward towards more regular and increased reporting from the region.

If your organization or an organization in your area is interested in conducting such workshops, please write to us about it!

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6 thoughts on “Bird Monitoring and eBird Workshop in Ladakh

  • lobzang Visuddha

    The Workshop was one if its kind and for the first time in Ladakh. Ramit Singal spoke at length about Bird Monitoring and How to use eBird for better monitoring of birds. Thanks to Bird Count India, eBird and NCF and all supporters of this programme.

    • Bird Count India

      Thank you Sir. We would love to organize a workshop in Raipur! Do you think there would be some 20-30 people interested in attending?

      • Hakimuddin F. Saify

        Yeah for sure we can get 15-20 people for the same. Do let me know on my personal ID and we can initiate.

        Much Regards

  • Dr. vivek kumar sahu

    i am from Andaman & Nicobar islands, home of many endemic birds naocondum honbill is one of them………….i am also interested in birding and to organize a workshop

  • Otto Pfister

    Hi everyone, I’m so excited to see such enthusiastic birding culture emerging in Ladakh. Thanks to your continuous observation and frequent field trips there are already now eight new bird species to be added to the Ladakh check-list, plus one ‘re-found’ after the 60ties. This also thanks to Ladakh Birds Club. Great! Keep on Birding!