GBBC 2018: Stories from the Field 3

GBBC and CBC 2018 in Jammu & Kashmir

As expected and planned, the Campus Bird Count as well as the Great Backyard Bird Count was carried out across the state of Jammu and Kashmir by local bird lovers, students, scholars, professors, scientists etc. For the CBC, 6 campuses were registered from Jammu province compared to 2 that were taken up the previous year. The new additions for this year included the Govt. Degree College – Samba, GDC Kalakote, IIIM Campus – Jammu, and the Central University of Jammu. Apart from these, the University of Jammu and Forests Guards Training School – Doomi registered this year as well.

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Various events took place with participation from all the corners and people from several backgrounds. The members of our birding group (J&K Birdlife ) travelled to almost all the major hotspots of the province to get a snapshot of the bird species present at the locations. It was because of the efforts of the younger birders in the region that we were able to add 4 new campuses this year.

The major contributors for the CBC were Abhilash Sharma, Mohd Ayoub, Pavneet Kour, Stanzin Namgail, Sachin Kumar Vikas Dogra, Reyaz Andrabi, Megha Latwal, and Rahil Dutta. For the GBBC, my dear birding friends Parmil Kumar, Neeraj Sharma and others provided the extra support and organised a birding tour for the students around a Wetland area named ‘Gharana’. It was great to have Garima Bhatia with us, whose presence made it even more exciting.

In the entire Jammu Region we were able to record 130 species in Jammu District (109 Checklists) , 61 species in the Samba District (9 Checklists)and 24 species in Rajouri (1 Checklist). It makes me happy that our new bunch of bird lovers are enjoying every bit of bird watching and spreading the word around. I am thankful to every person who shared the joy of bird watching this season. I am also thankful to Suhel Quader and Ramit Singal for their support and motivation. Lets hope we do even more better in the years to come.
– Parvez Shagoo, GBBC state coordinator for Jammu and Kashmir

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3 thoughts on “GBBC 2018: Stories from the Field

  • Pourush Borgaonkar

    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

      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

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