April 18, 2012 3:08:36 am
The fifth edition of the Great Himalayan Bird Count will be held in October this year and several groups from Pune and Mumbai have already shown interest in participating in the survey of over 625 species of birds in the Himalayan region,said Prateek Panwar,coordinator for Action and Research for Conservation in Himalayas (ARCH).
Uptil now more than 1,400 birdwatchers,students from rural areas and conservationists from across the country have participated in the events held from 2008-11 where each year some 200 species of birds were surveyed.
The fifth edition has been planned on 57 most popular trekking trails situated in the river-valleys of Tons,Yamuna,Pabbar,Kamal Nadi,Aglar,Bhagirithi,Bhilingna,Ganga,Mandakini and Alaknanda in Garhwal Himalayas.
The bird count will be held from October 27-30. It will start and finish at Dehradun.
The event will be organised with the support of Uttarakhand government forest department. Participants are invited to register before May 10 with ARCH at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Panwar said,ARCH is working with young minds from rural mountain villages using birds as medium of enquiry into nature so that they can acquire skills of future local area birding guides.
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