Tirupati Bird Atlas
Tirupati is next to the biodiversity-rich Eastern Ghats and attracts ~150 million visitors annually. However, the number of citizen science data are extremely low. Being a city on the road to rapid development, we hope to collect systematic data across the landscape to provide biodiversity data to understand long-term changes and perhaps use for policy interventions.
Ornithology Workshop Course
India has a large number of amateur and semi-professional bird watchers today. This is highlighted by the 19,742 birdwatchers who have contributed million sighting records of 1336 species of birds in the last 10 years. Very few students, however, pursue Ornithological research at a professional level - for PhDs or other degrees. There may be a dearth of advanced academic training avenues and content in India. Several like-minded Ornithologists from various institutions came together to create a workshop with teaching modules. More are expected soon. Details are here
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Tirupati is famous for the number of visitors it attracts,however there are very few local resource people who can collect biodiversity data and mentor youngsters. We (with other resource people) hope to work with schools and colleges to train teachers and enthusiastic students, apart from other citizens from the city
YOUNG NATURALISTS OF ANDHRA PRADESH
This project is aimed at introducing school and college students to their local biodiversity and collecting biodiversity data from the Andhra Pradesh landscape. Many of the major cities and towns in Andhra Pradesh are located close to protected areas, Eastern Ghats forests and major wetlands. As a part of this project, school and college students from these cities and towns will be trained and supported to use iNaturalist app for exploring and recording biodiversity around their home or institutions.
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