GBBC 2015: Event ideas 5

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The basic activity in the GBBC is to go outdoors (anywhere you wish, including your balcony, college campus or local park), spend at least 15 minutes watching birds, and upload your birdlist(s) to eBird. But beyond that, the GBBC is a great opportunity to conduct events in your locality, city or State. Here are some ideas:

1. Conduct a public birding event
Get some birding friends together, a few binoculars and a field guide, and announce a birdwatching event that is open to the public. A wetland of some sort is a particularly good place to conduct such an event, because waterbirds are often easily observable. With smaller, more enthusiastic groups, a birdwalk through scrub or woodland is also feasible. If you need help with ideas or materials, please let us know.

2. Talk about birds at a school or college
Contact a local educational institution to see whether you can talk to their students about birds. We can help you put together a powerpoint presentation if needed. After an short indoor session (which could perhaps include a brief documentary), you could take the students on a bird walk in the campus. If you find some students are particularly interested, ask them to create eBird accounts and ‘share’ the session’s birdlist with them.

3. Run your own bird count event or project
If you are part of a birding or nature group, you could consider organizing a local bird count event. There are different possibilities within this. For example, Kerala conducted it’s Common Bird Monitoring Programme during the 2014 GBBC, inviting birders and interested members of the public to observe birds and upload their birdlists. In contrast to this State-wide flexible approach, the Bangalore Bird Count was a much more structured event, with groups of birders allocated to cover particular locations.

4. Take part in the Campus Bird Count
If you study, work or live on a campus of any form, do consider taking part in the Campus Bird Count. More details at this link.

If your group is interested in conducting either kind of event — a more general, broad event; or a more focussed and structure project, do get in touch with us and we can help in a variety of ways.

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5 thoughts on “GBBC 2015: Event ideas

  • Arvind Patole

    I will be arranging one public bird watching event at Pashan Lake on 15th Feb by announcing on my facebook page, before that I will give a presentation on Birds seen at Pashan to School children and some corporate offices in Pune and on 15th Feb will do the bird count at Pashan from morning 6.30 am to 3 pm . kindly advice me from your end with inputs to conduct these events successfully.

    • Bird Count India

      Wonderful — thank you for this! Do you already have material for a presentation? We are putting together a presentation on ‘birds and birding’, and will share that with you. You can get in touch with us at

      • Arvind Patole

        Thank you, Kindly let me know when the presentation is ready, I have already finalised one school and would be tapping some more.
        Also plan to approach some corporates , therefore your presentation and other reference material will be useful.
        Thank you
        Arvind Patole

    • Neeta Date

      I request you to give more details.

      Where will you conduct presentation? Name of school and timing.

      On 15th where do we meet you at 6.30 am for bird watching event?

      • Arvind Patole

        I have already done a birdcount yesterday at Sanskriti school- Bhukkum,from 10 am to 1 pm in two batches, On Monday will be doing a painting event for the classes 1st and 2nd and quiz for classes 3rd and 4th. On 15th we meet at Pashan lake Eastern side, at 7am you can call me on 9850509136. Do join us – Thank you