For the third 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 12 June 2015 . More 100 birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts, representing various organisations in India participated in the workshop. Participants from Kerala represented Cochin Natural History Society (CNHS), 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 etc.
This year, delegates from fifteen other states in India joined us as observers under a larger umbrella of Bird Count India titled ‘National Conference of Bird Monitoring through Citizen Science’, of which the Kerala Bird Monitoring Workshop was a part.
The workshop marked the release function of two books – An Atlas of the Birds of Alappuzha and An Atlas of the Birds of Thrissur by Honorable Minister for Agriculture Adv. V.S. Sunil Kumar and the function was presided over by PCCF (HoFF) Dr. B.S. Corrie.
|09:00-09:30||Introductions, Agenda Review, Review of 2015 Minutes|
|09:30-10:00||Kerala Bird Atlas: Recap and Results Overview|
|10:00-10:30||Alappuzha Bird Atlas: Results, Learnings & Concerns|
|10:45-11:15||Thrissur Bird Atlas: Results, Learnings & Concerns|
|11:15-12:00||eBird Outreach – Recruitment, Stickiness, Hand-holding & Concerns|
|12:00-14:15||Book Release & Lunch|
|14:15-15:10||Kerala Bird Atlas: Proto-atlas experience, non-forests & plan for 2016-17|
|15:30-15:45||CBMP & OBC: Results, Scope & Future|
|16:00-16.25||Heronry Count: Results, Concerns & Future Plans|
|16:25-16:45||Pelagic Survey: Concerns & Future Plans|
|16.45-16:55||AWC: Results & Concerns|
- Bird Atlas surveys for the non-forests in six districts in 2016-17.
- Bird Atlas surveys to be completed in forests in Thrissur district in 2016-17
- Kerala Bird Atlas Protocol approved for non-forests with minor changes.
- Pursue birding outreach through regular training and eBird outreach through focussed social networking media.
- Much greater involvement from KFD in forest surveys to be sought.
- Improve penetration in other districts to onboard them on to atlas in 2017-20.
- Continue mass events like CBMP & OBC – involve more coordinated walks than random birding events.
- Continue heronry monitoring in all districts based on availability of key coordinators.
- Pelagic surveys during the two migration season (fall & spring) from every district.
- Kerala Bird Atlas- Recap & Results Praveen J
- Alappuzha Bird Atlas: Results, Learnings & Concerns Harikumar Mannar
- Thrissur Bird Atlas: Results, Learnings & Concerns ES Praveen
- eBird Outreach – Recruitment, Stickiness, Hand-holding & Concerns Praveen J
- Kerala Bird Atlas Planning Praveen J
- CBMP & OBC: Results, Scope & Future Praveen J
- Heronries of Kerala 2015 Roshnath R
- Heronry Survey Methodology Review C Sashikumar
- Kerala Heronries – Data Intrepretation Raju Sankaran
- Pelagic Survey: Concerns & Future Plans Dipu K
Various media covered the book release function of Alappuzha & Thrissur Bird Atlas.