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Bengaluru Bird Day 2022: Celebrating Group Birdwatching in Bengaluru


Oct 08 2022 to Oct 08 2022 9:30 a.m.



Bangalore International Centre

7 4th Main Rd, Stage 2, Domlur 560071

Event Description

On October 8th the ever-growing community of birdwatchers are observing the 8th Bengaluru Bird Day. Bengaluru Bird Day is celebrated around the first week of October to remember Dr. Joseph George, the doyen of the group birdwatching movement in Bengaluru. It has been celebrated since 2014, this year being the 8th edition, after a break due to the pandemic. This year is also being celebrated as the birth centenary of Dr. Joseph George, who is considered the pioneer of group birdwatching efforts in India. Dr. George led a motley group of people in Bengaluru from 1972, though the 1980s and until about the mid-1990s, to spread the joy of birdwatching. He started an informal birdwatching group in Bengaluru in 1972 called the Birdwatchers’ Field Club of Bangalore, which with the passage of time and the birth of technology also branched into the online Yahoo group ‘bngbirds’ by 1999. He was an organic chemist by profession and had many research papers on birds to his credit. He started group bird watching activities as early as the 1940s in Dehradun, where he was posted at the Forest Research Institute. Veteran birders remember him for the way he encouraged them to make their own observations, always emphasizing that contributions to a knowledge base on birds could be done by anyone, and not just scientists. Time Event Description 9:30 am Coffee & registrations 10:00 am Wildlife habitats then and now: glimpses from old Kannada movies | Talk by Prashanth Badrinath Prashanth revisits the wilderness areas of Bangalore and its surroundings by browsing footage in Kannada film songs dating back to the 60s & 70s. His fondness for maps and his familiarity with Geographic Information Systems will be used to present old wilderness areas of Bangalore. 11:00 am Bangalore to Bengaluru: Birdwatching & birding hotspots then and now | Panel Discussion moderated by Dr. K. S. Seshadri Panellists: S. Nataraj, S. Subramanya, M. B. Krishna, Karthikeyan S, Usha Ramaiah 12:15 pm Quiz by Shyamal L. and Bijoy Venugopal | Bird Brain: Open Bird Quiz (written round) Inviting teams of two people across all age groups to participate in the first edition of ‘Bird Brain’. Team up with your friends and family to participate in this quiz. Team Size: 2 people in a team Age: Both can be of any age Format: Written + Finals Entry: Entry free, on-the-spot registration 01:00 pm Lunch & Networking Break 02:00 pm Quiz by Shyamal L. and Bijoy Venugopal | Bird Brain: Open Bird Quiz Quiz Finals 3:45 pm Coffee Break 4:00 pm About Dr. Joseph George Introduction 04:15 pm From Watching Birds to Mapping Birds and their Habitat | Dr. Joseph George Memorial Talk by Dr. H. S. Sudhira This talk will trace how an initial foray into birding eventually led to researching birds and subsequently mapping birds and their habitats, draw upon the efforts undertaken as part of the Bangalore Bird Monitoring program (2006-07), showcase the recent advances in cloud-based geoprocessing to model the potential distribution of birds and highlight the need for statutory backing and an active citizenry to protect habitats. 05:30 pm Thanksgiving

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