Kerala Bird Monitoring Workshop: June 2015 2


For the second year on the run, a one day workshop on Bird Monitoring in Kerala was held at Centre for Wildlife Studies, College of Forestry, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur on 14 June 2015 . About 70 birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts, representing various organisations in South India participated in the workshop. Participants represented Cochin Natural History Society (CNHS), Kottayam Nature Society (KNS), Malabar Natural History Society (MNHS), World Wide Fund for Nature – Kerala (WWF),  Bird Count India, Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF), National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), KeralaBirder, Birdwatchers of Kerala, Hume’s Centre for Ecology & Wildlife Biology, Travancore Natural History Society (TNHS), Rice Research Centre, College of Forestry, Kenneth Anderson Nature Society (KANS) etc. Top CBMP and eBird listers also attended the workshop. Representatives from  Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB), UK and Indian Bird Conservation Network (IBCN) were external observers.

Agenda

09:00-09:30Registration
09:30-10:00Introductions, Agenda Review, Review of 2014 Minutes
10:00-11:00CMBP: Results, Concerns & Improvements
11:15-11:30Break
11:30-12:15Bird Atlas: Introduction & Overview (Presentation)
12:15-13:00Bird Atlas: Requirements & Broad Plan
13:00-13:45Lunch Break
13:45-14:15Poster Presentation
14:15-15:15Bird Atlas: Detailed Plan & Coordination
15:15-15:30Outreach for Bird Atlas
15.30-15:45Heronry Count: Results, Concerns & Actions
15.45-16.00Break
16.00-16:30Pelagic Survey: Concerns & Realignment
16.30-16:45AWC:  Results & Concerns

 

Key Decisions

  • Bird Atlas surveys for Thrissur and Alappuzha in 2015-16
  • Bird Atlas surveys for rest of districts starting from 2016-20.
  • Bird-watching and eBird training to be targeted to college students with focussed on-field training.
  • Improve involvement & partnership of Kerala Forest Department in all monitoring programs.
  • Proposals for Heronry conservation to be made more concrete.

Presentations

Thirty minutes was spent immediately after lunch break on four parallel poster presentations by active field biologists from Kerala. They are as below.

Poster Presentations

Group PictureFor details of 2014 Workshop, see here

 


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