CBMI’s aim is to bring common bird species into our everyday consciousness. Our program’s success rests on three tiers:
a) Statistical information: The numbers and numbers only would provide definite evidence that would in turn support in research, conservation, advocacy and in future, challenge policy frameworks.
b) People’s participation: Citizens are the real heroes of CBMI. Without their involvement, this program stands no chance of succeeding. We believe that even if - each one, counts one – CBMI would become a success. In addition, if each of our participants manages to spread his/her learning and experience with at least one other individual, this would lead to a definite success of CBMI.
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c) Education: Nothing of worth ever existed without an educational intervention with the young enthusiastic minds. Same goes for CBMI. Through our workshops and educational tools, we aim to involve students from schools and colleges, to bridge this numbers gap.
Anyone who has ever watched flocks of birds’ flying homeward every evening or observed a Rose-ringed Parakeet return has the potential to be a citizen scientist (CS). You need not be a scientist to become a CS. As a volunteer, all you need to do is to monitor and enter simple observations that would be used in scientific study for long-term monitoring of India’s common birds. Data you enter is crucial for understanding birds and their habitat. At the same time, it is just as crucial to try and understand if their habits and habitat are changing.
The knowledge about the status, population and distribution of common birds will help in the initiation of timely conservation measures that can save these birds. This information is vital. It will create more interest in the conservation of common birds among citizens and at the same time, healthy presence of birds would also provide vital information about an area’s well-being and ecological health. This eventually holds the power to equip a neighborhood and its people to make judicious decisions and become active stakeholders in the protection of their environment and its species.
In some ways, with this monitoring program, India joins an august club of ecologically aware societies that have a robust citizen scientist program. These include the Christmas Bird Count and the Great Sunflower Project in the USA and the UK Phenology Network that have become global benchmarks because of the thousands of volunteers like you. In a country like India with great geographical and linguistic differences, local inputs from citizen scientists will prove invaluable.
When you become a citizen scientist of CBMI, you eventually become a part of this pioneering movement to safeguard common bird species of India. You will be contributing vital data into the baseline monitoring of 18 common bird species. Eventually, your participation makes you a true protector of your own environment and its natural balance for yourself and your future generations.