Winter Bird Monitoring Program (2013-14)

Wintering and local water-fowls have been observed and recorded in few locations, spread over Mysore during 2nd week of January every year for almost 25 years. We shall be grateful to those initiated the program way back in 1987 in Mysore. Valuable data generated is made use for conservation by different agencies, meanwhile we birders understood BIRDING LIFE better in the region. Now we know, we have around 340+ bird species in our region.

Mysore Area has many water-bodies in the form of various sized Tanks (1757 nos), Anicuts, Reservoirs and rivers spread unevenly throughout the area. In addition to water-bodies, important IBAs like Melkote, Arabithittu, Kokkarebellur, Adichunchanagiri are also included.

There is a change in the present monitoring program. In addition to waterfowl, we will be documenting all the bird species we come across.

Few productive and reachable birding locations for waterfowl census are listed here. These are selected from various sized 1757 water-bodies and are time tested. Choose any of the routes familiar with you. Route details will be provided.

Find attached the bird checklist sheet. Download it or take a xerox copy from us. Record the birds sighted in the birding spot. Back from day long birding trip enter the data in “e-bird” website in your name. Give us link or the data filled form for cross-verification.

What is expected from fellow birders? Try to learn identify the birds in the field accurately, at least 90% recorded in Mysore area. Share your interest with your friends, especially students from life science and introduce them to field study. Get ready for waterfowl census to be held on January 12th, 2014.

Hoping that, we will have many teams (minimum 25 with a companion) on January 12th, 2014 covering 220 water-bodies spread over Mysore, Mandya, and Chamarajanagar Districts.

bird monitoring program - routes and other details