Bihu bird count event to resume from October 15 on the occasion of Kati Bihu
Assam Bird Monitoring Network (ABMN), an autonomous network of bird watchers and ornithologists across Assam
BISWANATH CHARIALI: Assam Bird Monitoring Network (ABMN), an autonomous network of bird watchers and ornithologists across Assam, heads towards the resumption for the bird count event on the occasion of Kati Bihu this year from October 15.
This initiative was launched as a volunteer based activity for counting the birds during Bohag Bihu, 2020. It been flourished into this network today, which emphasizes on continuation of the bird count event throughout all the three Bihus (Magh, Bohag and Kati). After the successful completion of 'Bohag Bihu Bird Count, 2021', ABMN along with BCI (Bird Count India) is now sanguine about welcoming the Kati Bihu with another widespread and warmly engaged count from October 15 to 18.
The network states the objective for organising this event as for the purpose of documentation of the avian diversity across different seasons. Moreover, pairing this event with the festivals that have an essence of reverence for the nature, lies with a hope of influencing people from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to promote indulgence in knowing about the common birds and the migratory ones around human habitation. Especially, the season that celebrates Kati Bihu, opens the door to several beautiful winter migratory birds.
The counting event for this Bihu shall be facilitated with the help of a simple tool. For this, ABMN welcomes the citizens of Assam from all possible age groups to take a brief acquaintance with the app available on Google play/App store, named 'ebird', or they may look for the website ebird.org/india. The observers can choose any site they want to explore for birding, and keeping in mind all the COVID-19 rules intact. They need to do birding for at least 15 minutes at one attempt, count all the species they observe and make a checklist. The checklists must be uploaded to eBird-India (eBird link: ebird.org/india)within October 20. For people outside Assam and willing to participate in this event, there is an option for sharing their respective checklists with the account named 'bihubird' on 'eBird.org', ABMN added.