Bird Count India recently gave a presentation about Birdwatching and Bird Monitoring for an audience primarily consisting of Forest Department representatives and Naturalists/Guides at Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh.
The presentation, delivered by Mike Prince, talked about the whys and hows of birdwatching and discussed the impact that documentation through eBird has had. It highlighted many interesting findings about birds in India, but probably stressed more how little we actually know about lots of our common birds, and how everyone can contribute to filling these gaps in our collective knowledge. What was very reassuring to note was the number of already active eBirders amongst the local naturalists. It’s also worth noting that, whilst using a notebook is almost impossible on a jeep safari, the eBird mobile app was a great success: see one of the checklists from earlier in the day!
It was great to see active participation from the Field Director, Mr Sanjay Shukla, who shared some exciting ideas for the future. In particular he noted that, whilst mammals in Kanha are surveyed regularly and in detail, birds have been relatively neglected. He is keen to set up an extensive bird survey across the entire reserve. The logistics for this will be examined shortly, and we hope to announce dates for the first survey. Volunteer participation will be required, so watch this space (and join the Bird Count India mailing list) if you might be interested.