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"You can know the names of a bird in all languages of the world,but when you are finished ,
You will know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird.....
So let`s look at the bird and see what it`s doing --that`s what counts.
I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something."

-Nobel Laureate Richard P Feynman(1918-1988)

Monday, November 27, 2017

Kerala Bird Race 2017 Summary and Some Pictures

The 11th Kerala Bird Race was held on 26th November 2017 in Kochi in Kerala. 164 birdwatchers and nature enthusiast from Ernakulam, Thrissur Alappuzha, Kottayam and Idukki participated in the birding programme which is held annually commensurate with the birthday of Dr.Sa`lim Ali, Doyen of Indian Ornithology. The Kerala Bird Race is supported by HSBC Bank, Yuhina Canopy and  UWM, Mumbai.This year Birdwatchers from Jammu& Kashmir and Colorado, United States also participated. So it was an almost global event, cosmopolitan in character with people from all walks of life participating in the programme. School and College Students, Housewives, Advocates, Engineers, Software professionals, Doctors, Retired Scientists, Wildlife Photographers all enthusiastically took part in the programme. The summary of the sightings of birds is as follows:

No of species spotted/recorded:- 208.

Total Number of Checklists (lists of birds):- 124.

Number of Individual birds: - 5920.

Highlight of the day could be termed Pallas Grasshopper Warbler, which is a relatively new entrant in the Kerala Checklist of birds.

Total number of locations from where birding was done:-93 sites 
No of districts covered: - Ernakulam (63 locations), Alappuzha (20), Thrissur (7), Kottayam (2) and Idukki (1).

Habitats Covered:-Wetlands, Urban areas Lowland Forests, Hillocks, and Plantations etc.

The Valedictory Function was held at Lotus 8 Hotels in the evening on 26th November 2017 and Dr. AA Mohamed Hatha, Professor, Dept.of Marine Biology, Dr. P O Nameer ,Head, Centre for Wildlife Studies, KAU and many Birdwatchers  participated in the evening.

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