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. We also participate in various festivals & other events, put stalls & make visitors aware about birds & their habitats.
A Special Birdwalk for Students of Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts and Science,Margao, Goa. - December 2019
Bird Awareness session and a Birdwalk for Students of Saraswat Vidyalaya, Maupsa- November 2019
GBCN conducted a Bird Awareness session and a Birdwalk for Students of Saraswat Vidyalaya, Maupsa at Dr. Sálim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Chorao. The awareness session was led by Harshada and Pronoy while the walk was lead by Mandar.
Birdwalk & Presentation for St. Xavier's Institute-Curtorim- January 2019
As a part of School outreach program a Indoor Session was conducted for students of St. Xavier's Institute, Curtorim followed by a short outdoor session at Maina-Curtorim wetland
GBCN Participated in NOMOZO at Porvorim- January 2019
Outreach Session at Nirmala Institute of Education, Altinho- January 2019
All Goa Waterbird Count- January 2019
Serendipity Art festival -December-2018
Goa Bird Conservation Network in association was invited to participate & allotted space for stall. We Displayed few original Bird Illustrations of Late Carl D'silva, Bird Photographs etc. Our volunteers created awareness about bird & their habitats among the festival visitors. A talk on Bird Photography was also organized.
A Talk by Dr. Taej Mundkur, International Waterbird Census Coordinator- July -2018
Goa Bird Conservation Network in association with Biodiversity Research Cell, Department of Zoology, Carmel College for Women, Nuvem hosted Dr. Taej Mundkur, International Waterbird Census Coordinator and Senior Technical Officer, Wetlands International who spoke on Birds, Wetlands and Flyways.
Birdwatching session for Perpetual Succour Convent High School, Navelim- March 2018
Birdwatching session for Perpetual Succour Convent High School, Navelim, at Durga Lake,Chinchinnim,as a part of GBCN's Bird outreach program.
Awareness Program Chinchinim and Velim Panchayat -February 2018
Joint event held at Chinchinim and Velim Panchayat on 24th February 2018, organised by Goa Forest Department and Goa Bird Conservation Network to spread awareness about the importance of birds in and around these villages and to ensure safety of migratory birds and their habitats: wetlands.
School Outreach Activities as a part of Goa Bird Festival January 2018
Outreach Activities in the run-up to the 2nd BIRD Festival of GOA 2018 at various schools in & around Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary.. Mabel Noronha, Omkar Dharwadkar, Bhakti Salgaonkar,Gauri Achari,Mayur Gawas,Saish Pirankar,Diksha Satarkar,Aditya Naik,Harshada Gauns and Mrinmayee Thakur engaged school students about birds and joys of bird-watching and birds of Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Birding Buddies Workshop December-2017
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.
Bird Outreach Program for Santa Cruz Higher Secondary School,Panaji October 2017
Birdwatching Session was conducted under the banner of Goa Bird Conservation Network's Bird Outreach Program for Santa Cruz Higher Secondary School,Panaji by Harshada Gauns, Mandar Bhagat, Manjeet Gawas & Mayur Gawas, Followed by talk on Basics of Birdwatching by Harshada Gauns.
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.
Interactive session on birdwatching for Students of Government College of Arts, Science and Commerce- Sanquelim February-2017
Pronoy Baidya, Member of Goa Bird Conservation Network (GBCN) was invited to interact with the Students of Government College of Arts, Science and Commerce- Sanquelim and expose them towards the joys of bird watching and careers in Wildlife Sciences.
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.