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Monday, May 25, 2015

My Humble part in Global Citizen Science Project - Documenting Birds

On May 9th 2015 my birding partner Premchand and I drove to Thattekad Bird Sanctuary. We were excited to be taking part in the first ever Global Big Day - an attempt by Citizen Science enthusiasts led by Cornel Lab's Team Ebird to list an audacious 5000 species of birds from across the world on a single day.
We met our good friend and bird guide Rejeev at the usual spot near the bird sanctuary gate and proceeded towards Urulanthanni sector of the bird Sanctuary. This was my third visit to Thattekad after the birding bug bit me about couple of years back while on a wildlife photography workshop with ILCP Fellow and Conservation photographer Mr. Balan Madhavan. Thattekad is a special habitat, an evergreen forest which is surrounded by Human inhabited areas and also home to about 14 species which are endemic to Western Ghats. You can find the full list here.

Here are some of the birds we saw and could take a pic without disturbing the subjects.
 Sri Lanka Frogmouth

Brown Fish Owl - Juvenile



Premchand and I logged about 18 bird lists from Thattekad and Bhootathankettu Dam area by about 2.30 pm. We then proceeded to our favorite Urban Birding spot near HMT Kalamasserry off the National Highway 47.
Last week, the results of the inaugural Global Big Day were published on the ebird.org website. Results can be viewed here.
Prem and me share the No. 3 spot in terms of Bird lists contributors for the Global Big Day 2015 from Asia and No. 41 at the Global scale. Globally bird documentation is done really well in US and Canada with South america and India catching up pretty fast. As there's a very large cove of information which we need to unearth for many sustainable projects to support our own survival and  conservation  of nature - the need for using technology to document bird species by citizen Science initiative attains significance.

Looking forward to supporting this Citizen Science initiative.
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