GBBC 2017: Stories from the field 4

GBBC 2017 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

First of all, I would thank Bird Count India for giving us this opportunity to conduct such an informative event. Being the first time for our Andaman Islands, it was a unique one.

Pic: Arun Singh

Detail of Activity:

Campus Bird Count-2016, Andaman was done at two campus officially:
1. Jawahar Lal Nehru Rajkeeya Mahavidyala (JNRM) – 17 Feb 2017
2. CARI Campus – 18 Feb 2017
3. ANET Campus – 19 Feb 2017 (nocturnal)
4. Andaman Nicobar College (ANCOL)- 20 Feb 2017

To initiate this activity a Bird Talk Session was organized by me in JNRM College on 13 Feb 2017 wherein the students of both the colleges were shown Presentation of following:
1. Bird Identification
2. Use of field Guide and Binocular
3. How to Use Ebird
4. GBBC Introduction

The event turned out to be a great event. Around 15 Students from each college participated into the event and experienced bird watching for the first time. The guys looked very enthusiastic for the birding and species identifications. All I can say is that the event made us try new things and learn new things. We look forward to make it a better one next year.

Pic: Arun Singh

I would like to thank Prof. Francis Xavier (Principal JNRM), Dr.R.Devdas Sir (Principal ANCOL) for supporting our cause with full enthusiasm. The students of JNRM & ANCOL for their presence and birding passion.

Coming to our Andaman Avians Club, i whole heartedly thank Prof. Vivek Kumar Sahuji for all his support and guidance to conduct this event.

For binoculars the most important equipment for this event i thank our mentor Shri. Naveen Kumarji ( DCF, Wildlife). Lastly I thank Andaman Avians Club birding partners who made this session a more interesting one: Mr. Ram Vikas, Mr. Arun Ratheesh, Dr. Ashwini, Mr. Shiraz Noble, Mr. Shakti Vel, Mr. Yogesh Kumar and last but not the least my birding buddy Mr. Reuben Kurian Paul for taking charge of all coordination and successful completion of the event.

– Arun Singh, GBBC State Coordinator, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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