Gurgaon: Spot common birds in your backyard this Sunday
The bird race is open to all and those wishing to participate in the race, scheduled for February 25, should count the birds in their area and upload the details on eBird website.gurgaon Updated: Feb 21, 2017 22:58 IST
The region is set to host another bird race on Sunday during which birders will count the neighbourhood species throughout the day. The goal of the event is to help researchers get a better understanding of the common bird population and their distribution in the region during winter.
The race is open to all and those wishing to participate in the race, scheduled for February 25, should count the birds in their area and upload the details on eBird website.
Birders said the purpose of the common bird count is to make people aware of their environment and involve them in the process of conserving birds.
“Participants do not have to cover many areas in the race. They can spot birds from their backyard,” Pankaj Gupta, a member of the Delhi bird group, said.
The members of the Delhi bird group hope that participants will upload photographs of many species and some interesting discoveries will be highlighted just like the recent bird race that was conducted on February 5.
During the Big Bird Day on February 5, bird watchers and enthusiasts from Delhi and NCR had successfully spotted 268 species.
It was observed that this year, the region witnessed a 15% rise in bird species from 2016. Rare birds such as white-bellied minivet, black-throated thrush, grey winged black bird and Mashall’s iora were spotted by participants during the event. The entire country had participated in the one-day bird race.
The various bird races paint a clear picture of the ecosystem. Good bird life and rise in species indicates a healthy environment, birders said.