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Pongal Bird Count 2016
15 Jan 2016 - 18 Jan 2016
NEW! Summary of Pongal Bird Count 2016
You can download a pdf [3.5Mb] with summary results and comments from participants.
(Updated 22 April 2016.)
The Pongal Bird Count, an initiative of the Tamil Birders Network, is an annual bird monitoring program for Tamil Nadu, akin to Onam Bird Count in Kerala.
Pongal Bird Count (PBC) took place on 15-18th January 2016.
Go birding for at least 15 min, listing and counting all the species you see. It doesn’t matter if you can’t identify every single species — what you can identify is good enough! Login to ebird.org/content/india and submit your species list. For those new to eBird, see the brief description here, and do go through our beginner’s guide and make sure you create an account and start using eBird right away to get used to the platform. If you own a smartphone, you can create an account in eBird first and then find the eBird app for iPhone/Android users, install it and submit your bird list into eBird through that app. See here for more details.
Please try to upload as many 15 minute lists into eBird (ebird.org/india) during the Pongal bird Count.
Introduction to eBird
If you are a birdwatcher who has not tried eBird or have bird-watcher friends who are not using eBird, please use these slides as an introduction. You can find the Tamil version of the same presentation here (PDF & JPEG).
Introduction to Birds and Birdwatching
If you are planning to coordinate a birding event during the Pongal Bird Count and would like to introduce college/school students and general public you can use this “An Introduction to Birds and Birdwatching” presentation from this page. In addition to that you can also use the following presentation “Some Common Birds of Tamil Nadu – A Pictorial Guide” (PDF and JPEG).
If you have any questions, please do ask them in the comments below.