The Great Backyard Bird Count (GGBC) 2017 was recently conducted in Himachal Pradesh from February 17 to 20, 2017.
According to the report:
- About 45 per cent of country’s total bird spices were reported in Himachal Pradesh
- 564 bird species, nearly 45 per cent of the 1,263 Indian bird species, are found in Himachal Pradesh
- The district of Kangra was home to the maximum number of species – as many as 453 of them.
- A number of rare species were also spotted.
About the Great Backyard Bird Count
The Great Backyard Bird Count is the first online citizen-science project aimed at collecting data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.
It was launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, a powerful source of information on birds.
Himachal Forest Department has been participating in GGBC since 2013 with the GBBC-India coordinating the bird count in India with several Indian groups and organisation interested in birds. Participation in GBBC is open to all.
The annual snapshots of birds populations obtained during GBBC help scientists in answering several questions like how bird population is distributed across the country, how they are affected by habitat changes and whether population and distribution are changing.