A workshop on bird monitoring and documentation was conducted by Bird Count India in Indore on 22 January 2017. The workshop was organised by a local conservation group, The Nature Volunteers. Over 60 people attended the bird walk in the morning, while the workshop that followed saw 51 participants packing the hall to full capacity.
The bird walk at Sirpur Lake, a wetland situated within Indore city, was a wonderful start to the day. Sirpur Lake is an excellent birding location and it lived up to its reputation and both new and experienced birders saw plenty of birds. The lake offered excellent views of a number of waterbirds while also offering the participants a chance to get close looks at several arboreal birds and passerines that were abundant on the trees and bushes along the bund.
The workshop, held at the Basketball Complex, was conducted by Ramit Singal. The participants hailed from various backgrounds and people of all age groups were present – from school kids, retired professionals, businessmen to photographers, doctors and even army cadets!
The workshop, which lasted 3 hours, included an introduction to birds and birding. The participants were also introduced to eBird and projects involving bird monitoring such as the Mysore and Kerala Bird Atlases. With the Great Backyard Bird Count just around the corner, many campuses and birders seemed excited to take part and contribute during the event. The session was very interactive and even the school kids pitched in with important questions regarding data quality and the review process as well as questions about the eBird mobile application.
Indore is situated favourably with a number of fantastic birding sites all around the city. With an emerging interest in birds and birding, it is a place that is sure to produce a number of birders in the coming years. We are very thankful to Mr Ajay Gadikar, Mr Bhalu Mondhe and The Nature Volunteers for organising the workshop.
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