Kerala Bird Atlas

Kerala Bird Atlas

Project Animal(s) : Birds
Project Category : Birds
Project Region : Asia
Project Type : Research
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Project is timebound? : No

Kerala Bird Atlas is an ambitious citizen science project, to map the distribution and abundance of birds of an entire Indian state for the first time. (Mysore city Bird Atlas is on from 2014). Envisaged as a five year activity during a workshop in July 2015 conducted at Thrissur where several bird-watchers from Kerala participated, the Bird Atlas is expected to give more insights to abundance of the common birds which is largely lacking now. By repeating the process over a period of 25 years or so, it will be possible to scientifically document changes in distribution and abundance of our birds over a period of time. This has huge implications on nature conservation as a whole as birds are perfect indicators of the changing ecological conditions.

For those who are interested in what can be achieved, please see this link for what UK birders (BTO) has managed to do.  Atlas outputs are used by policy makers in several countries and are perfect examples of citizen science being used in conservation of nature. The 2014 RSPB Medal was awarded to the team behind the British Bird Atlas 2007–11 and they acknowledged its role as a valuable resource to everyone involved in conserving, researching or understanding Britain and Ireland’s birds.

In the political map of Kerala which spans over 38,000 km2, 3000+ locations (sub-cell) that need to be surveyed have been identified. Each sub-cell will be surveyed for 1 hour effort, twice a year. Thrissur & Alappuzha has completed their first year of atlas and their results are published in a workshop in June 2016. By 2020, the process will be complete for the first systematic Bird Atlas for a state in India !

Follow the updates in Kerala Bird Atlas  Facebook group.

Project Agency : Bird Count India

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