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BIRDS IN OUR BACKYARDS
This coming weekend, birdwatchers and nature-lovers all over the world will take part in a global bird counting project, aimed at documenting the numbers and kinds of birds that they see.

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is coordinated by Cornell University, and is expected to draw participants from over 100 countries between 14 and 17 February this year. Anyone anywhere in the world can count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count and enter their sightings at www.ebird.org.

The information gathered by tens of thousands of volunteers helps track the health of bird populations at a scale that would not otherwise be possible.

During last year’s GBBC more than 34.5 million birds and 3,610 species were recorded—nearly one-third of the world’s total bird species documented in just four days. In India, 202 participants counted more than 80,000 birds and over 500 bird species from all over the country, including rare species like the Great Indian Bustard and the Lesser Adjutant Stork.

This year, individuals and groups from different parts of India are preparing to count birds and submit their lists over the weekend. P. Jeganathan, who conducted an orientation to the GBBC for the public in Chennai on 9 Feb, said “We watch birds every day but few of us write down what we have seen; I’ll be thrilled to see my bird list recorded for posterity.” Ravi Bhalla, of the Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning, who is organizing bird counts at two lakes in Puducherry, said “The GBBC gives an opportunity to young enthusiasts to be part of a more serious research endeavour. This makes their effort more than just a hobby, and for many, this is a doorway to conservation.” But the GBBC isn’t just for serious birdwatchers. “Although I watch birds in my backyard every day, it’s exciting to have a formalized birding event across the world. Is it possible that if we get enough people outdoors and looking, we can see every bird alive on those four days?” says Janaki Lenin of Karadi Malai Camp, which is also organising counts during the GBBC. Tallulah D’Silva, who is organising a bird count for children in Panjim, Goa, says “GBBC gives us a great opportunity to discover our own backyards teeming with birds and other biodiversity. It has also given amateur birders an opportunity to connect with each other while discovering the birds in their backyards!” Hilloljyoti Singha of Assam University, Silchar says “People will realize the avian diversity around them, which will motivate them to explore more and conserve birds”.

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