A group of birdwatchers in Mysore is aiming to facilitate participation of nature enthusiasts and interested citizens in a global bird monitoring effort called the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC).

A press release said here that the basic idea is to spend some time (a minimum of 15 minutes) listing all bird species one can see, together with a rough count of each.

One can participate from anywhere – from a balcony or rooftop or a garden to a market or farm or wetland or forest, the release added.

“And, it does not matter if you cannot identify every single species – what you can identify is good enough,” the release said.

Bird count can be carried out and reported directly to the GBBC, but in case nature enthusiasts would like to meet other birdwatchers, they can visit the following locations – Kukkarahalli Lake entrance (near government press) between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., and 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. from February 15 to 18; Lingambudhi Lake on February 16 from 7 a.m. onwards at the main entrance; Indraprastha farm off H.D. Kote Road on February 17 at 6.30 a.m., the release added.

For details, call Tanuja D.H. on 9480566516 or log on to www.birdsource.org/gbbc