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Spread your wings of passion at the Mumbai Bird Race

Posted on February 24, 2012 | FestivalsNo Comment

Get geared to participate in the eight Mumbai Bird Race, which is going to be held on February 26, 2012. Initiated in the year 2005, the Mumbai Bird  Race has picked up a lot of momentum and interest and today is no less than a festival celebrated in the month of February. Spread over 10 cities in the Indian subcontinent, the Bird Race has been already given the status of a great festive event and the response has been overwhelmingly positive and stupendous. In fact the bird watching world is agog with this unique event held especially for all the avifauna lovers.

So come February 26, and all bird lovers who have given an amazing response to this event would scan the areas of Powai, Airoli, Mulund, Thane, Bhandup, Alibaug, Navi Mumbai, Karnala and Tungareshwar in a race that would be held the whole day long. They would be spotting as many as 400 varieties of birds and the team that would spot the maximum number of species would be the winner.

Mumbai Bird Race
So birding enthusiasts have something to really look forward to as the Mumbai Bird Race has shown a total of 55 registered teams and a separate team of around 40 school children. Last minute registrations are welcome and the registrations would close by the weekend.

The Mumbai Bird Race has been one event that has been responsible to popularize the bird watching phenomena and has had participants from all age groups. It has become so famous in the past few years, that the organizers had to be very specific about the registrations and the rules. There is a lot of statistics that one gets through this race and it is a greatly overwhelming experience for any nature enthusiast. As one of the naturalist said there have been some shocking finds as regards data which shows a steady decline in the number of a particular kind of species and the locations from where they have vanished is also been tabulated.

The data that has been had in the previous events reveals that the number of species that were spotted earlier has been steadily decreasing from 283 in the year 2006 to 248 in the year 2011. In fact Sanjay Gandhi national Park and Uran show a greater rate of decline. Uran had around 191 species in 2006 and shows only 108 in the year 2011. Industrialization and other factors are being quoted as the reasons.

The Mumbai Bird Race started in the year 2005 on February 27,  and today is a much awaited event. The participants normally meet at the venue at an early hour so that the teams can be easily formed. The event is from dawn to dusk. The whole idea is to watch birds in and around 60 km radius of Mumbai city. The participants would understand the minute details of bird watching from the experienced bird watchers in the team and then in the evening, the teams would again meet at the venue and then have an interactive session.

Mumbai Bird Race
Under the verdant surroundings of the venue, the participants would surely remember this experience forever as the whole interaction of the entire day would leave them wiser and more experienced.

The fun factor in this whole event is what encourages and stimulates the participant to come back again every year. The event is a great opportunity for all the birdwatchers to exchange ideas and information about the avifauna and the entire exercise is a way of comprehending the Mumbai regions’ birdlife which is very important for the conservation of nature and for the benefit of environment.

With the team spirit and unity that comes along with such group events, the Mumbai Bird Race is a wonderful way of ensuring a lot of interaction, co-operation and a united work pattern which is a great way to have a break in this hectic daily life.

So don your cap, take your camera and binoculars and get ready to be a part of the Mumbai Bird Race on February 26, 2012.

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