Locating birds in Coimbatore to get easier

A staff of 74 birders have simply accomplished the primary leg of the Coimbatore City Bird Atlas, a citizen science venture that makes an attempt to map the birds of Coimbatore metropolis. The concept was to perceive the distribution and abundance of birds in Coimbatore metropolis via a scientific survey over a interval of three years in the months of February and June from 2020 to 2022.

Findings from the Coimbatore City Bird Atlas Survey (February 22 to March 18)

  • The metropolis was gridded and divided into 37, 3.Three km x 3.Three km, cells. Each cell is a sampling unit. The cells had been then additional sub-divided into 9 1.1 km x 1.1 km sub-cells. Three sub-cells had been chosen randomly from every cell and 4, 15-minute lengthy, full fowl lists had been recorded in every. Birders from all walks of life, together with biology college students and wildlife researchers, participated.
  • Participants used Locus Free, an Android cell software, to navigate. The birds seen and heard in the course of the survey had been entered utilizing the eBird app beneath a devoted eBird group account (username: kovaibirdatlas).
  • Of the 142 fowl species recorded, the House Crow and the Common Myna had been essentially the most plentiful, adopted by the Rose-ringed parakeet, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) and the Yellow-billed babbler. Some of the unusual Species documented embrace Ashy Drongo, Citrine Wagtail, Common Redshank, Eurasian Kestrel , Gull billed Tern, Indian Grey Hornbill , Jungle Bush quail, River Tern, Short- toed Snake Eagle and the Slaty-breasted Rail.
  • Survey for the subsequent season is scheduled for six days in June 2020.
  • The staff has launched a brand solely for the venture designed by Boopathy Srinivasan, who data in his blogpost that his interactions with birders of Tamil Nadu drew him in direction of nature conservation. He made a number of sketches earlier than narrowing down to one which was formed just like the alphabet C which he designed to seem like a fowl.
  • To know extra on the emblem, go to https://bit.ly/2KwFDrX

While the sphere survey is finished primarily by birdwatchers of Coimbatore, organisations just like the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON); Bird Count India that promotes fowl itemizing, documentation and monitoring in India by encouraging area initiatives; and Kerala Birders supply technical assist. “The Bird Atlas survey by bird watchers is a scientific evaluation of bird community distribution. The assessment helps in long-term studies on birds,” says Dr P Pramod, Principal Scientist of SACON. “The Coimbatore City Bird Atlas team has followed the Kerala State Bird Atlas survey model where the team has done several rounds of surveys covering all districts across the state. The Mysuru City Bird Atlas project mapped the birds of the entire city of Mysuru. The Coimbatore team’s first round of data collection is like a test trial. We have to get more rounds of survey to get better clarity.”

It is a chance to find out about city wildlife and biodiversity, says one other advisor to the venture, P Jeganathan, wildlife biologist at Valparai-based Nature Conservation Foundation. “The objective is to sensitise people, including policy makers, towards conservation of water bodies and parks that support birds, butterflies and flora. For urban dwellers, they needn’t go to a forest to enjoy Nature. A stroll along the Ukkadam Lake will work just as well. Once people take ownership of these spaces, they will get fiercely protective of them. There are several studies that prove that well-maintained natural spaces in the city contribute to the well-being of the people living there.”

Location of the Coimbatore city and the sampling grids

Location of the Coimbatore city divided into sub-cells for the survey

Location of the Coimbatore metropolis divided into sub-cells for the survey  
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Special Arrangement

The Coimbatore City Bird Atlas survey follows a standardised protocol. “We gridded the area and encouraged local people to take part. The three-year study will yield abundant data of the birds in specific habitats. The idea is to record the birds in both the summers and winters for the three years. We interacted with scientists Dr P Pramod and Dr Rajah Jayapal at SACON before the project took wing,” says Arulvelan Thilainayagan who took half in the survey. The staff additionally took assist from birders Praveen J from Kerala who is part of the Kerala Bird Atlas Survey and Abinand Reddy from Bird Count India.

Every staff has a senior fowl watcher who can determine widespread birds. He is accompanied by a beginner birder. “This way the beginner can also be trained to become an independent bird watcher,” says Jeganathan. The staff units off and is at work between 6.00 and 10.00 am in the sub-cell space it has picked which often covers one sq km. It could possibly be the principle highway, a paddy area or round a water physique. Careful notes are taken, as are pictures.

The team at bird survey

Birder Ok Selvaganesh says simply strolling across the neighbourhood for not more than 15 minutes can reveal a deal with of birds. “And we travel miles to the hills or forests to look for them,” he laughs.

The groups add the info on the e-bird app the place it’s cross-checked for veracity after which accepted. Birders in the survey typically describe this train as an journey the place they navigate areas with the assistance of Google map. But it’s standardised protocol which each and every staff follows.

To know extra, go to https://birdcount.in/coimbatore-city-bird-atlas/ or http://coimbatorecitybirdatlas.wordpress.com/

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