Campus Bird Count 2018 – Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The Andaman Avians Club successfully completed the Campus Bird Count 2018. This year’s bird count was a great success, as we received a wonderful response from various campuses. Adding to last year, 4 new campuses were included for our bird count – thus taking the total to 8 campuses. It was really nice to witness both the students as well as the faculty of various campuses participating in the count.
The 4-day Campus Bird Count gave us a number of moments that we would cherish. 9 new members joined our club. On Day 2, the team birder at the IRBN campus for the first time, where a flock of 300 Lesser Whistling Ducks greeted them. On Day 3 in CARI, we recorded more than 35 species of birds which is very high compared to last year. Nocturnal birding at ANET was a different experience altogether – searching for owls in the dark was really exciting. A lot of endemics were also spotted during the bird count. In short, the 4-day event was an absolute bird fest and was experienced and celebrated with great enthusiasm by all the participants and the Andaman Avians Club team.
For this successful completion of the Campus Bird Count 2018 we share our sincere gratitude to:
Director, ICAR-CIARI, A & N Islands; Dy. Director, BSI A & N Islands; Commandant, IRBN, A & N Islands; Principal, JNRM, Port Blair; Principal, ANCOL, Port Blair; HOD, Dept. Of Ocean Science and Marine Biology, Pondichery University; Officer In-charge, Organic Horticulture Farm, Sippighat; ANET, Managing Team
We also thank our team members:-
Ram Vikas, President, Andaman Avians Club
Arun Singh, State coordinator, Campus Bird Count 2018
Dr. V. K. Sahu, Coordinator – JNRM & ANCOL
Dr. Vardhan Patankar, Coordinator – ANET
Amrit Raha, Coordinator – IRBN Campus
Thanks to the group members who joined us during the event. All in all the event was a huge success and we hope to see more people joining us in the near future.
Following are the checklists from the event :
– Arun Singh, GBBC state coordinator for Andaman and Nicobar Islands