More than 270 species of birds were recorded from the State this year during the four-day annual event of The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) and Campus Bird Count (CBC) held during this week. Organised every year in February for four days, the GBBC and CBC India is coordinated by the Bird Count India Collective. this year Visakhapatnam district reported more than 130 species of birds, taking the district to the third position on species diversity next to Chittoor and East Godavari. Five species were recorded for the first time from the Vizag district. These are ruff, pin-tailed snipe, pied harrier, Palla’s gull and lesser black-backed gull.
About Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) India
Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) India is the Indian implementation of the global Great Backyard Bird Count. Birders in India have participated in the GBBC since the event went worldwide in 2013. The data is collated at eBird, a global online platform, for documenting and maintaining observations of birds. It is housed in Cornell University’s Laboratory of Ornithology.
About Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)
Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) was the first online citizen-science project (also referred to as community science) to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real time. Birds Canada joined the project in 2009 to provide an expanded capacity to support participation in Canada. In 2013 became a global project when we began entering data into eBird, the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science (community science) project. The Great Backyard Bird Count is a community science project in ornithology. It is conducted annually in mid February. The event is supported by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.
About Campus Bird Count
The Campus Bird Count is a sub-event of the larger Great Backyard Bird Count. It is a coordinated effort to document the birdlife in multiple campuses across India. By “campus”, we include campuses of educational and training institutions, government institutions, research stations, corporate campuses, etc. Broadly speaking, any moderate to large sized area where people study, work or live.