Calling All Birders To Participate In Big Bird Day 2015!
Big Bird Day is an annual event started by the Delhibird group to celebrate the joy of bird watching. It is a day dedicated to bird watching and enumerating species seen in a chosen location. In 2013, Big Bird Day went truly national with over 1,000 birders coming together to celebrate the first pan-India Big Bird Day. In 2014, this was expanded further with over 400 teams from 28 states across the country documenting 794 species.
Photo: Gaurav Shirodkar.
Date: March 8, 2015
Timing: Dawn to dusk
How to participate: 1. Form a team, and decide where you will be birding on Big Bird Day.
2. Team leaders should register their teams by filling out this registration form.
3. Register yourself on eBird and familiarise yourself with the porta beginner's guide to eBird
4. Refer to the rules and instructions at: http://www.birdcount.in/events/big-bird-day/
if you have any queries or follow event updates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/871786209534346/
About the event:
Big Bird Day is fun mixed with some potentially serious business. The fun part is birding without any competition. The serious part is that if 400 teams from all over the subcontinent watch birds at 700 locations on the same day, the data becomes very valuable for measuring actual bird diversity of the region. It can form a rich database, especially if accumulated over several seasons/years.
About the Organiser:
Delhibird – The North India Bird Network is an interactive e-group which exists to share information about birds in north India and the issues that affect them. It seeks to help and encourage newcomers to the study of birds and enable birdwatching visitors and short-term residents to meet fellow enthusiasts who live in India. The group collects and collates valuable bird records from north India and discusses unusual sightings and other identification issues. The group is supported by regular field outings in the Delhi area and stimulating talks at the Habitat Centre in New Delhi.