March 19, 2018

GBBC 2018: Stories from the Field

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 :

Botanical Survey of India

Pondicherry University

IRBN Campus

Jawaharlal Nehru Rajkeeya Mahavidyalaya



Organic Horticulture Farm

Andaman Nicobar College

– Arun Singh, GBBC state coordinator for Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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Pourush Borgaonkar
Pourush Borgaonkar
2 years ago

this activity is attracting more and more young people , they learn the importance of protecting environment and life of other animal. I am retired forest officer, naturally wild life and environment protection is my passion. My son is an Army officer. They have large campuses with lots of trees which support birds and other animals. Where ever I go , I prepare list of birds and give it to the concerned officer to be kept in record and also request them to conduct census in ensuing.

Bird Count India
2 years ago

Wonderful to hear this Sir! We need more and more people, from all professions and walks of life to be involved. Please let us know if Bird Count India can be of any assistance. Our email address is

Babasaheb Jawale
Babasaheb Jawale
2 years ago

बहोत अच्छा कार्य हो रहा है. विद्यार्थीयोंमे पर्यावरण और पंछीयोंमे रुची बढने लगी है!

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