Regd. Office: Revathi Bhavan, Edathala P O, ALUVA-683561. Reg.No.: ER 18/10 of 2010 Telephone No.: 0484-2837414 Email:cochinnaturalhistorysociety@gmail.com


WELCOME TO THE COCHIN NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY

The Cochin Natural History Society is a non-profit making, non-political charitable institution registered under the Travancore-Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act, 1955. This is a society of amateur naturalists who live in harmony with nature and seek to protect and to preserve the biodiversity and healthy natural environment. The mandate of the society is to undertake studies and documentation of biodiversity around us and to draw attention to the aesthetic, economic, scientific and conservation aspects.The society also intends to provide a platform to those who are concerned to come together and share, enlarge and correct our knowledge about Nature and its magnificence. Any person, who has a love, interest and commitment towards conservation of our biodiversity and natural history may become a member of the society*.







"You can know the names of a bird in all languages of the world,but when you are finished ,
You will know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird.....
So let`s look at the bird and see what it`s doing --that`s what counts.
I learned very early the differance between knowing the name of something and knowing something."


-Nobel Laureate Richard P Feynman(1918-1988)


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Kerala Bird Race 2016

India Bird Races 2016 – 17
to enjoy birds … and learn from their ways

Here’s another rendezvous with the birds of Kerala.

The 10th Kerala Bird Race will be held on Sunday, 18th December 2016.
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) and The Yuhina Canopy, with UWM as Facilitating Partner, along with Keralabirder, Cochin Natural History Society , Malabar Natural History Society ,  Nature Education Society Thrissur and WWF Thiruvananthapuram,   are organizing this unique programme in and around three urban areas of Kerala – Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode.

In an increasingly urbanizing world, with more and more people residing in urban areas, these human-influenced landscapes have become another habitat. Birds are often the foremost attraction for anyone interested in exploring the natural world. The India Bird Races have been conceptualized to help look at the avifauna (birdlife) of these urban areas and their surrounding wealth of habitats and serve to popularize bird-watching and help lead to a better understanding of other aspects of our biodiversity and environment.

Simple, enjoyable and interactive, these dawn to dusk events allow teams ( 3 to 4 members each) of birding enthusiasts spend a day birding in and around a city, up to 50 km or so around the urban perimeters. The teams record the birds seen and heard on to the eBird platform http://ebird.org/content/india/   which is a global database of bird sighting by Cornell University   This is followed by  an exciting, interactive evening get-together where all participants, from children to rank beginners get an opportunity to discuss their birding experiences of the day interact with some of the finest and most experienced birders in that city, including special invitees. With nearly 3000 people collectively partaking across more than a dozen Indian cities between November and early-March, the India BirdRaces are possibly the greatest birding event.

In recent years, the India Races have become a Non-Competitive event, but yet a race to try spotting as many birds and explores every site in and around a city. Invaluable data has been gathered and it reflects all that is good and bad about how our urban areas are impacting the natural scheme of things.
Despite its rules, there is a fun element to this exercise, as also the team spirit and participation that comes into focus here. A day well spent for the cause of birds and urban environment!

All birding and nature enthusiasts are invited to join the Bird Race on 18th Dec. 2016. For participation please contact:-
Kochi-                                Vishnupriyan Kartha.K - 9446437410(WhatsApp)
Kozhikode-                        Sathayan Meppayur –   9447204182

Thiruvananthapuram-      Sivakumar A K-              9447386978