Join us for this year’s Bengaluru Bird Day.
Saturday, October 2, 2021
4 pm to 6:15 pm
This is a free virtual event and will be hosted online.
Do note, walk registrations are now closed. The above registration is only for the online event.
Sunday, October 3, 2021
7 am to 10:30 am at Sonnapura Lake, Near Chikkaballapur
This is a bird walk and will need you to wear a mask, maintain distance, and practice Covid-safe protocols.
Walk registrations are closed.
Dr. Joseph George Memorial Talk
Reminiscing those days in the field…
I first met Dr Joseph George when he had come to our Zoology Department at Bangalore University in 1978 to deliver a talk on birdwatching. I met him again the very next year in 1979 at the exhibition organised by the birdwatching community at the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum. It was then that the fine-tuning of my interests in the natural world began. With this came a little more understanding of the ways of nature, and learning how I could further my interests in the field.
This journey of learning more about the natural world has taken me many decades, and that is what I would be walking you through in this talk today. Since 1980, I have involved myself in various professional surveys, studies, projects, evaluation work, documentation and related work both of a voluntary and research oriented nature on aspects relating to ecology or environment.
The eco-components for NSS and NCC were good starting points to share thought from the beginning. Motivating and coordinating College green groups and nature clubs where ever I have taught was a very passionate activity for me. The ‘Kids for Tiger’ activities for school children, being initiated in Bangalore, was a new opportunity. All in all, interacting with the young, the old, the rural, the suburban or the urban, the government or the NGOs gave a sense of relevance to bring out the changes of our times.
I will share these experiences of the past four decades with you in the talk. Dr Joseph George has been one my highly inspirational personalities who have in some ways chiseled my early but as yet hazy passion for Nature then. Help in trying to understand its intriguing ways and discover how I could go about furthering it possibly had its beginning there.
Dr. B. K. Chakrapani
If there is any one person who could be called the pioneer of group birdwatching efforts in India, it is Dr. Joseph George. Being involved with group birdwatching activities in Dehradun even in the nineteen forties, he continued involving people and popularising the hobby wherever he went. Moving into Bangalore from Roorkee, Dr. George started an informal bird watching group here too in Bangalore in 1972. For all of us birdwatchers who came in contact with him, he inspired us with his...
Speakers & Facilitators
Garima Bhatia is a chemical engineer by training and birdwatcher by passion. At some point the passion overtook the training, and after...
Abhisheka is an Artist, Ecologist and Nature educator. Growing up in the garden city of Bangalore and spending vacations at her grandparents’...
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Schedule for Saturday, October 2, 2021
Welcome & Speaker Introductions
Dr. Joseph George Memorial Talk
Dr. B. K. Chakrapani: Reminiscing those days in the field…
- Wearing a mask all through the walk is mandatory.
- Carry a hand sanitiser.
- Follow Covid-safe protocols of maintaining distance.
- Carry your own binoculars to avoid sharing.
- Carry enough water and food, there are no shops around.
- Wear a hat/cap.
- Carry a notebook and a pen.