Following close after Kerala, last month Karnataka crossed 1 million bird observations on eBird! The millionth record was of a Black-winged Stilt, uploaded by Rohit Naniwadekar and friends from a birding stop at Hale Budanur, in Mandya district, on 12 February 2017.
With over 500 species recorded, from 42,000 complete birdlists, Karnataka is one of the most active eBirding states in India, having contributed 18% of all records in India.
In addition, with over 15,000 photos uploaded to eBird, and several hundred audio files, Karnataka is also a major contributor of media files to the larger collection available for all to view.
As you can see from the map above, as well as the table to the right, a large fraction of eBirding in Karnataka is from a handful of districts. The next challenge will be to try and spread out birding more evenly across the State so that the overall condition of birds of Karnataka can be assessed and monitored.
Many congratulations to all eBirders and partner groups across Karnataka for achieving a major milestone!
Note: a ‘record’ is an observation of a species at a particular time and location.