Manipal, Jan 30, 2020: 10th Edition of Manipal Bird Day will be held on Sunday, February 2nd, 2020, according to a media release by Manipal Birders Group. The day will commence with ‘Bird Walk’ at 6:30 a.m. from Hotel Sheela Sagar (Opposite MIT campus). The walk will end with breakfast at 10:00 a.m. After breakfast the participants can view an art exhibition by Adithya Bhat titled ‘Feathered Jewels’. There will also be an interactive session ‘Backyard Birding’ with Shubha Bhat. Both these events are hosted at KMC Food Court from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Entry is free to the Manipal Bird Day and any enthusiast can participate. Participants are required to bring along drinking water, snacks and binoculars if available.
Those interested can contact Tejasvi S Acharya: +91 74115 21633 or Prabhakar Sastri: +91 93425 33561
MANIPAL BIRD DAY
Manipal bird day is an annual event dedicated to celebrating birds in Manipal. This day long event brings together a large number of birders from Manipal, Udupi, Mangalore, Mysore, Bangalore, Davangere and other places. Around 150-200 people gather and are split into different teams. They visit the assigned regions and count as many birds as possible. This non competitive event focusses on spreading awareness regarding the diverse avifauna around us. Turn out for this event has been increasing from 3 people to 200 in last 10 years. This is the 10th edition of Manipal Bird Day.
MANIPAL BIRDERS CLUB
Manipal Birders Club started as a Facebook group after the release of the first edition of “A Birders Handbook To Manipal” to share information about the latest sightings. It is now a formal group of over 500 like-minded members that meets at least once a week to go on bird walks. It is now a large birders community and a medium to organize events, bird walks and discussions about birds and sightings.
The next step would be to involve a higher number of local and young birders who will dictate the change in environment around the town in the coming years. With the co operation of Zoology and natural sciences students and other nature enthusiasts and faculty of different colleges weekly birding sessions have been conducted to involve and encourage more and more people to bird and get connected to the nature and to try to understand the changes happening around us, the media release said.