An interactive course in basic
ornithology, which includes topics like bird identification,
anatomy, migration and feeding habits, will commence in Pune
from December 10, the organisers said Tuesday.
The course, being conducted by Ela Foundation's
Center for Ornithological Study and Research, will be the 15th
certificate course in basic ornithology, Foundation director
Satish Pande said.
The course running into 40 lectures at AV Hall of
Garware College is imparted on a no-profit no-loss principle,
and is conducted every Monday and Thursday between 6.30 pm and
9.30 pm, Pande told PTI.
"This is India's only interactive course in basic
ornithology and includes over 40 PowerPoint lectures, films
and field visits. The subjects cover conservation of birds
that provide ecological services and are indicators of the
health of our environment," Pande said.
Topics include fundamentals like bird identification,
anatomy, physiology, flight, migration, behaviour, feeding
habits, evolution, ecological role of birds, birds as
bio-indicators, habitats, cultural aspects, bird architects,
bird photography, bird call recording, avian diseases, first
aid, conservation, field study methods, technology for
conservation, and applied ornithological aspects, Pande said.
The course has special simplified talks on bird flu,
wind-farms, vultures, owls, sea birds and house sparrow among
other currently relevant topics. There are four field visits
to introduce the participants to various bird habitats and
techniques for observing birds in a scientific perspective.
Participants will study the elementary techniques of avian
biometry and data documentation, Pande said.
It is timed with the winter migration of birds that
have started arriving. Participants are taken to the field
under expert guidance for habitat and bird watching to
experience and understand how birds are studied and data is
collected, he said.
Ornithology is also recognised by the Savitribai Phule
Pune University as a credit course, he said.
Till date, over a 1,000 alumni of this unique course
are contributing towards bird and nature conservation under
the guidance of Ela Foundation, he said.
The interactive lectures are conducted by a faculty of
eminent ornithologists with over 25 years of field experience.
Past participants include students, teachers, farmers,
housewives, doctors, lawyers, architects, defence service
personnel, artists, journalists, engineers, businessmen and
software experts, Pande said.
Ela Foundation (www.elafoundation.org) has also
conducted this course in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and
parts of Maharashtra, Pande said.
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