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What's on in January

By eBird India January 4, 2019
Wire-tailed Swallow Hirundo smithii

It’s the start of a new year and January has a lot to offer to kick off 2019 in style. Apart from the exciting birding that this month promises, it also brings with it a number of interesting events.


The Asian Waterbird Census takes place this January. By using eBird and filling the AWC Google Site Information Form, one can take part in this multi-country effort to document the state of our wetlands and waterbirds. Running since 1987, this survey includes wetlands of any type including mangroves, estuaries, lakes, tanks, reservoirs, rivers, marshland and even wet paddies.

In West Bengal, the Birdwatchers’ Society is organizing a workshop on Techniques of Coastal Bird Survey at Kolkata on 5th January, and at Frasergunj on 6th January. The Buxa Bird Festival takes place from 6-9 January 2019 at the Buxa Tiger Reserve.

The 4th edition of the annual Dombivli Bird Race in Mumbai takes place on 6 January 2019. The Bangalore Bird Race will take place on 20 January 2019. Also on 20 January 2019 is another popular event – the Kaiga Bird Marathon, which takes place as usual in the forested environs of Kaiga. The 12th Chennai Bird Race takes place on 26 January 2019.

The Mysore Winter Bird Monitoring Program will take place on 13 January 2019..

If you are in Tamil Nadu, do not forget to celebrate the harvest by taking part in the Pongal Bird Count (Tamil English) which will be held on 14-17 January 2019. The dry season surveys of the Kerala Bird Atlas kickstart again on 17 January 2019. In Madhya Pradesh, the Vulture Survey organised by the Forest Department will be held on 12 January 2019.

A heads-up for a couple of surveys in in Madhya Pradesh in February: Satpura Bird Survey, 2-4 February and Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary Bird Survey on 22-24 February.


The January 2019 eBirding Challenge puts the AWC in focus and requires one to survey at least 3 wetlands this month. There is also the global eBirder of the Month challenge as well as the global Checklist-a-day Challenge  to look forward to. The Yearlong Challenges for 2019 are up for grabs as well.

Happy birding and may 2019 bring a lot of birds and birding your way!