Migrant Watch

Soon, the migratory birds will begin to arrive in the environs of Bangalore. In preparation for this, all over India, the new inititative, Migrant Watch, has been formed, so that a network of ordinary citizens can give information about migratory birds, and in particular on the nine species of birds, namely,

Northern Shoveler, Marsh Harrier, Wood Sandpiper, Common Swallow, Grey Wagtail, Brown Shrike, Black Redstart, Greenish Warbler, and Rosy Starling.

Dr Suhel Quader, from The National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore (a centre which conducts research in all areas of biology.) is co-ordinating the effort in Bangalore and its environs.

To help explain the goals of Migrant Watch, Dr Quader has issued this press note, it can be read on Google Docs:


To help participants with pictures of the nine migrant species, there is also this introduction:


The idea is that many individuals, working together, will give much more detailed information about the migration patterns of these birds, and help to build a reliable database for future research.

Dr Suhel Quader can be contacted at: MigrantWatch. NCBS, Bangalore. suhelq@ncbs.res.in. 09480184064

This is a project where, instead of depending heavily on the experts or scientists/ specialists, the magazine, Indian Birds has tried to involve everyone, from amateur birders onwards, to help collect and collate information on these migratory species.

Do visit the website and perhaps you, too, can play a part in the documentation of the bird species that visit our city so regularly, each year!

2 Comments so far

  1. Chitra (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 5:47 pm

    I think this is a great initiative. It is always a pity when such regularities in nature are not kept a tab on. It is just sad that Bangalore’s disappearing lakes are making things so different for the migratory birds.

  2. d (unregistered) on August 19th, 2007 @ 6:23 pm

    Why only birds? With people from all over the country pouring into Bangalore, this initiative could be extended to also include human migrants.

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