How often have you spotted a new bird in the neighbourhood and wished you knew its name? Urban areas are home to a number of birds other than sparrows and mynas and if you want to explore, team up with other avid birders and know your city’s birds even better, then here is your chance. It’s time for the race…the India BirdRace 2013.

 

What is a Bird Race?

A Bird Race is an event where the participating teams spend the entire day from dawn to dusk spotting and identifying various birds as an attempt to record as many species of birds as possible. The idea behind the race is to study the region’s Avi-fauna, document the species and recognise threats to them if any and address them. Later in the day, the teams get together for an interactive session with the bird experts, where they share information about the day’s findings with the other groups. The team which has recorded the maximum bird species wins a prize. All participants also get to learn more about bird-watching from the experts.

How it all began

The Mumbai BirdRace, India’s first BirdRace event started on 27th Feb, 2005 in Mumbai. Over a hundred birding enthusiasts, beginners and expert birders alike gathered together for the first time and initiated the beginning of a unique event. In the first race itself, 277 bird species were spotted. Owing to the over-whelming response, India BirdRaces, supported by the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) became an annual event.

IndiaBirdRaces 2012-2013

The dates for the 2012-2013 India BirdRaces for various cities in India are as listed below:

23rd December 2012 – Coimbatore BirdRaces

30th December 2012 – Chennai BirdRaces

6th January 2013 – Jodhpur BirdRaces

20th January 2013 – Bangalore BirdRaces

27th January 2013 – Mumbai BirdRaces

3rd February 2013 – Ahmedabad BirdRaces

10th February 2013 – Pune Birdraces

17th February 2013 – Chandigarh BirdRaces

24th February 2013 – Kolkata BirdRaces

3rd March 2013 – Delhi BirdRaces

Registrations are currently on for the Mumbai BirdRaces. You can register yourself by clicking on this link and following the instructions. Read more about the event itself and the rules at India BirdRaces.

Participating in the IndiaBirdRaces is a good way to learn more and spread awareness about birds, their habitats and their role in the eco-system. So get ready to be a part of a most exciting and memorable experience and register soon.

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About Shilpi Gemawat

A trip to the beautiful Gir Forest and a course in Biodiversity Conservation - that is all that was required for Shilpi to leave her day job and pursue her passion of writing and wildlife. She co-founded Eco Buddies, a Nature Trail group with like-minded friends to spread the word on conservation. A voracious reader and a fitness enthusiast, she currently works as a web content writer too and maintains her personal blog at www.lovethewild.wordpress.com.

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