Bird Census for Pune City

Bird Census for Pune City
The Ecological Society will be conducting a bird count in the city from June 6 to 10, 2010.

The Birds Census will mainly focus on resident bird population and will be carried out with the help of public participation. During this census Bird species and their numbers will be counted. According to Prakash Gole, noted ecologist and chairman of the Ecological Society, which is devoted to ecological and environmental research and education, the census will help in identifying areas that attract birds, bio-diversity and recognize potential environmental threats, with the help of clues identified from shifting bird populations. 
Birds are valuable indicators of biodiversity conservation. Thus, the new data will help in assessing the trend regarding the total number of birds in different wetlands as well as the number of different species. It will help in analyzing changes in their population,” he said.
According to Gole, birds are active in the morning and evening hours. Therefore, the best time to count them is 15 to 25 minutes after sunrise. One can start the count after 6.15 am and continue for two to three hours. “You will not find any migratory birds now. So, a majority of the birds are resident birds,’’ he said. One may choose any area, like garden, forest, wetland, grassland or barren land. The important areas are roosting places where birds sleep or rest.
Participants have been told to record all birds that they encounter. They may photograph them and note whether it’s a male or female species, age, activity (singing, foraging or flying) and site (ground, branch or tree) where the bird was located.
People interested in participating in the bird count can register themselves on phone number 25677312 between 11 am and 4 pm.

World House Sparrow Day March 20
Sparrow censuses in UK and US have indicated an alarming drop in the numbers of the birds. In London,the number of sparrows is said to be down a shocking 98 per cent.The lack of a comprehensive sparrow census in India, either government or NGO-led, makes it very difficult today to completely understand how many sparrows have died because of human excesses.
But why is the sparrow dying?
Documented evidence shows that

  • Unregulated cropping up of mobile towers, gives their tiny bodies little doses of poison, that accumulate and kill them.

  • Or it could be the pesticides that go in to the grains and insects they mainly consume.

  • Or their return home one evening to find that their roosts on a bungalow roof have been demolished.

  • Around 6,700 trees have been chopped down in Pune over the past five years, in road widening alone.

  • The destruction of private gardens to build matchbox-like apartments is purely another ball-game.

What can you DO?
What you COULD do, however, is decide to invest Rs 325 (which could be the cost of a casual Saturday brunch),towards setting up a bird-feeder or nest outside your windowsill, and feel that magical satisfaction when a small sparrow decides to make it its home, and brings its family along.


Source Pune Mirror, Times Of India
External Links

First bird census in state to start from January 24
Bird Calls
Bhubaneswar Birds at Bagagahana

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