June 18, 2015

Kerala Bird Monitoring Workshop: June 2015

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.


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


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

Header Image: Blue-throated FlycatcherCyornis rubeculoides © Sriram Reddy/ Macaulay Library

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Able Lawrence
7 years ago

Can someone post the sacred grove post here.


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