The India BirdRaces
Each team will consist of 04 (four) persons (no less, but there can be a maximum of 06 participants in some cases, primarily to accommodate as many enthusiasts as can be possible, and also because sometimes there are only a limited number of experienced birdwatchers).
However, the Organisers and local Coordinators must be intimated in advance, at time of Registration (online in some cities, and by email correspondence in others) if there are more than 04 members in a team.
You are free to constitute your own team but must ensure at least one of you is a proficient birder, familiar with the region’s birdlife, and who can be the team captain.
At the time of Registration please give a BirdName to your team. It has to be a common name or even a family name. For instance you can call your team Blue-tailed Bee-eaters or simply Bee-eaters.
There is no Registration Fee for any of the IndiaBirdRaces.
Each Team will be provided with a Bird Logbook (consisting of a checklist of all species of birds recorded within the geographical limits of the concerned city’s BirdRace) with appropriately marked columns for reporting observations. The LogBook contains a detail listing of all species of birds recorded in this region during the past 20 years. In case you happen to see any species not on this list, please include the same in the space provided.
Each team remains as a single unit for the entire day and up to the evening programme. The team may, if it so wishes, employ the services of a driver for their vehicle (if they should choose a site that involves driving). The driver may or may not be a bird-watcher. In fact, depending upon sites chosen, please try & constitute your team in such a manner that at least one of you has ACCESS TO A VEHICLE.
The India BirdRaces have NO PRE-DETERMINED ROUTES or birding spots. A Team is free to choose its own route and site for the day.
Walk, Trek, Dive or Drive or even Fly as much as you may to a site or a cluster of sites. This Bird Race is a FULL DAY EVENT (surely, you’d agree the pot-holed roads and loads of other nuisances, including he fatigue factor, make night travel difficult in this region).
In every city, the IndiaBirdRace begins at dawn and ends at sun-down. Plan your day in such a manner as to converge at the evening venue for the get-together and dinner. Please note that the evening’s programme (at some of the venues) would get over close to 10:30 pm. Hopefully, you wouldn’t mind one groggy get-up on a Monday morning, for the love of our feathered birds.