Public Outreach Programs
GBCN conducts outreach activities on a regular basis for schools and colleges wherein members engage children and introduce them to the joys of bird watching. We are also involved in capacity building of field staff of Goa Forest Department. We also conduct various sessions on different aspects of birds and bird watching for the general public which are usually addressed by eminent people in the respective field.
The Birding Buddies Workshop at Goa College of Pharmacy was Conducted by Early Bird & Hosted by Goa Bird Conservation Network.Participants were given tips how to conduct various Bird Awareness Programs at various levels like school & colleges. Parag Rangnekar shared his experiences of teaching children about nature and in particular birds over the last decade in Goa.
Interactive session on birdwatching for Students of Mount Mary High School- Chinchinim. March-2017
Mabel Noronha, member of Goa Bird Conservation Network (GBCN) along with Prasanna Parab, EC member of GBCN, interacted with students of Mount Mary High School- Chinchinim giving talks on birds of Goa. It is through these small efforts by members of GBCN that the network tries to influence our younger generation and spread the message of conservation of bird habitats and joys of bird watching.
Special Birdwalks cunducted for participants of Annual Conference of Indian Society for Landscape Architects-January 2017
Goa Bird Conservation Network members, Rajiv D'Silva, Mandar Bhagat and Pronoy Baidya conducted two birdwalks for the participants of the 12th annual conference of Indian Society for Landscape Architects in Miramar-Caranzalem Beach. This 2 day conference featured 5 different themed walks of which GBCN bird walk was one! Participants were exposed to the coastal birds of the state with the migratory Plovers giving good views.
Birdwatching session for Shree Ganesh Vidya Mandir, Maupsa January 2017
Pronoy Baidya, Member of Goa Bird Conservation Network (GBCN) was invited to interact with the kids of Shree Ganesh Vidya Mandir, Maupsa and expose them towards the joys of bird watching and nature in general. The day started with a bird watching session early in the morning where a scope was used to get up close with birds followed by a very interactive discussion and presentation on Birds and their importance in the ecosystem.
Talk by Pankaj Sekhsaria
- November 2016
Goa Bird Conservation Network as a part of its efforts to get members interact with well known conversationalists/ ornithologists/ ecologists had organised a talk by Pankaj Sekhsaria, eminent environmentalist, scientist, and author of the novel The Last Wave.
Pankaj spoke to us about Problems in the islands and his tryst with birds of the Islands, the highlight being the Nicobar Megapode!
Training workshop for the Forest Department Staff at Cotigao WLS. October-2016
Members of Goa Bird Conservation Network held a training workshop for the Forest Department Staff at Cotigao WLS. The training program included sessions about basics of bird-watching, bird calls, bird identification and survey methods, which was also followed by an on field practical session. It was amazing to see the response of the forest guards (age no bars) picking up the binoculars and appreciating birds. During the workshop, we also released the book titled "Survey Manual for Birds of Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary" which was painstakingly developed by the working team of GBCN. This book has also been circulated amongst the forest guards in their smart phones which we were happy to note being used, much after the completion of the training program.