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Great Backyard Bird Count 2021
12 Feb 2021 - 15 Feb 2021
If you’re new to eBird or birding, the following resources might be of help.
How-To Guides for Birding & eBird
If you are new to birding, here are some resources to get you started, from what you will need to watch birds, to get familiar with common birds around you.
A list of short videos and webinars regarding eBird can be viewed at Bird Count India’s Youtube channel.
The eBird Essentials Course
What is eBird and how can you use it to find more birds, keep track of your sightings and participate in events like the GBBC? You can get up to speed in just 3 hours, by trying the free eBird Essentials Course.
Merlin Bird ID
If you are new to birding, Merlin can be your birding coach. Merlin’s latest India pack helps you identify 800 widespread species. All you have to do is upload a photo of the bird or answer a few questions and Merlin will suggest the most likely ID. See this webinar recording on how to use Merlin Bird ID App.
You can download the following material about the GBBC. Please help by spreading the word amongst your friends and contacts too!
You can download a GBBC press release in PDF format or an editable .docx version that you can alter to give details of local events and contacts if you so wish. Please circulate to your friends and contacts in the media.
We also have some excellent high-resolution images of birds and birdwatchers, available to be used in all GBBC 2021 publicity. Please do credit the photographer when using a photo. Free downloaded posters for publicity are available in English Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and Telugu
Introduction to Birds and Birdwatching
We have put together a PowerPoint presentation on “An Introduction to Birds and Birdwatching”, which includes a section on birds in general, a guide to common Indian birds, and a section on Beyond Birding, with some slides about the GBBC. You are welcome to download this presentation, modify it for your audience and context and use it. There is an accompanying word document with notes for each slide, to help with the presentation. If you do plan to use the presentation, please do let us know; and afterwards, tell us how it went!
On some computers (eg running Linux/LibreOffice) the ppt presentation may not appear correctly. Please download the pdf instead.
There is a Telugu version of this presentation:
Note: This presentation has been created for the Bird Count India partnership. It is meant for download and use in educational and outreach efforts. You are free to modify it to suit specific purposes and audiences. This presentation is being distributed on the understanding that none of the material it contains will be used for commercial purposes, and that in all cases photograph credits must be retained in any modified version. Most of the photographs in this presentation have been used with the specific permission of the photographer. Others have been downloaded from the internet; for these we apologize for not having obtained advance permission. If your photo appears in this presentation, and you wish to have it removed, please write to [email protected] and we will replace it.
Downloadable posters for social media
Posters Created by Misha Bansal
You can view and download the booklet An Introductory Guide to GBBC and eBird in Tamil at this link (PDF, 18MB).
If you would like to contribute a similar guide/booklet in another language, please do get in touch.
Here is also a video in Tamil about birdwatching, citizen science, and eBird:
Read on for contact details for coordinators for GBBC 2021.