Manipal: Despite the Covid restrictions, the 11th edition of Manipal Bird Day proved to be a great experience to the enthusiastic birders who participated in it. A total of 78 birders showed up, recording sightings of 122 species of birds, for the annual exercise which was organized by Manipal Birders Group on Sunday, February 7.
In view of preventing the Covid pandemic, all precautions like maintaining social distancing, wearing of maskers and use of hand sanitizers was strictly adhered to. “Usually, we have around 180 to 200 birders but due to Covid, we kept the number below 100 this time,” said, Tejasvi S. Acharya, managing trustee of Manipal Birders Club.
The day began with a ‘Bird Walk’ at 6.30 am. The birders divided themselves into smaller groups of 10-12 members and followed 11 different trails which took them through different terrains like hills, plains, paddy fields and wetlands. The idea was to sight as many birds as possible and record their presence in the region.
After the bird walk concluded, the different groups gathered in Indrali temple area for breakfast and a discussion session. New birders and the senior birders shared their experiences about the bird day and the highlights of what they saw.
“The new birders were very excited to see that so many such varieties of birds existed around that area. People from Bengaluru rarely get to see so many at a time,” said Tejasvi.
On this occasion, the formation of Manipal Birding and Conservation Trust (MBAC) was also announced. The trust will focus on conservation of the trails in and around Manipal. A few butterfly hosting plants were distributed. Hand painted bookmarks were given to the participants as a souvenir.
Manipal Birders Club conducts regular birding sessions every Sunday from 6:30 am and visit different locations around Manipal to record the birds. Interested people may visit the Manipal Birders Club Facebook page or call 7411521633 (Tejasvi S. Acharya) for more information.
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