JavaScript must be enabled in order for you to use the Site in standard view. However, it seems JavaScript is either disabled or not supported by your browser. To use standard view, enable JavaScript by changing your browser options.

| Last Updated:19/09/2020

Latest News


160 bird species identified in Ahmedabad Bird Race

AHMEDABAD: The ornithologists as a part of the annual Bird Race event organized jointly byNatural Heritage Conservation Society (NHCS) - Gandhinagar and international bank identified only 160 birds species in and around Ahmedabad city. 

Last year the same even had identified over 260
bird species. This was the seventh time such an event was held in Ahmedabad in which around 140 participated in groups of 40 teams. More than 160 species of birds were recorded during around the city. 

Each team spent its entire day watching birds in and around Ahmedabad with their own tally of species. 

Earlier bird races in Ahmedabad have recorded more than 260 species of birds. These teams moved around at a critical point on the avifaunal migration route, and flanked by a vast landscape of open habitats, from agricultural tracts to semi-arid landscapes, inland wetlands and secondary growth, and area with human population. 

There were no pre-determined routes to the Bird Race - participants observed the birds at multiple locations all within 30-40 km radius of the city. According to Virag Vya, a research coordinator with NHCS, Ecologoists Irshad Theba and Bharat Jethva during the race the team identified rare species which included White Stork, Short-eared Owl, Red Avadavat (Red Munia), Booted Eagle were sighted by different teams. The coordinators said that the programme helped to create awareness and conservation ethos among the citizens. The participants were also sensitized towards the bird injuries that kill hundreds of birds during the kite flying festival Uttarayan. 

The bird race was conceptualized by Mumbai-based naturalist Sunjoy Monga. The India Bird Races are held in 15 cities across the country between November to early-March period that also coincides with the peak inward migration of birds over peninsular India.

The Times of India (07-01-2014)