MigrantWatch 2017/18 – Lecture on Bird Migration

26 Aug

MigrantWatch 2017/18 was launched today – 26.Aug with an interesting lecture by Prof.Sarath Kotagama on Bird Migration. Prof.Kotagama explained the basics about ‘Bird Migration’ covering why birds do migrate, different types of migration, specific behaviors of migratory birds, migratory birds that visit Sri Lanka, challenges faced by migratory birds etc.

Over 100 participated today’s event with number of newcomers for birding. FOGSL take this opportunity to thank all those who helped passing the message about the event as promoting birdwatching among the society is one of the objective of MigrantWatch.

A special MigrantWatch T-shirt was also launched today with the first T-shirt presenting to Prof.Kotagama. You can purchase the new MigrantWatch T-shirt tomorrow morning at the Thalawathugoda Birding event for Rs.750/=.


Launch of MigrantWATCH 2017/18

25 Aug

World Migratory Bird Day 2017

13 May
The World Migratory Bird Day 2017 (WMBD2017) is internationally celebrated on 10th of May and the theme this year has been “Their Future is our Future” aimed at highlighting the interdependence of people and nature, and more especially people and migratory animals – in particular birds, as they share the same planet and thus the same limited resources. The 2017 campaign aim at raising awareness on the need for a sustainable management of our natural resources, demonstrating that birds conservation is also crucial for the future of humankind.
The WMBD2017 if fallen during non-migratory season, so unfortunately we can not do much on raising awareness for the day, but let’s spread the word on importance of protecting migratory species. Wait for the MigrantWATCH and “Welcome to the Birds” campaign that will start on October. 

Birding at Kirala Kele, Hiyare

13 Dec

The second field visit under the MigrantWATCH 2016/17 has been done to Kirala Kele wetlands, Matara on 04th of December. During the pilot trip conducted a week before on 27th.November to Kirala Kele – rare migrant Baillon’s Crake was recorded; elevating Kirala Kele as a birding hotpot with lot of top birders and bird photographers in the country visiting the site. The MigrantWATCH team consist of 20 individual birders who had teamed up with members of University of Ruhuna Birders’ Club and Rahula College Birdwatching Society. Altogether, about 50 participated the birding session at Kirala Kele. After Kirala Kele, the team left for Hiyare forest.

Group photo taken at Kirala Kele showing section of the crowd (c) Sanjeewa Seneviratne

Group photo taken at Kirala Kele showing section of the crowd (c) Sanjeewa Seneviratne

Kirala Kele Group photo - FOGSL team

Kirala Kele Group photo – FOGSL team

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Thousands of Montana snow geese die after landing in toxic, acidic mine pit

8 Dec

Received sad news that thousands of migratory geese died landing on a toxic mine pit in USA. Visit following links fro more..



MigrantWATCH Video

7 Dec

All the winter visitors to Sri Lanka should have been now landed other than few exceptions. So we take this opportunity to release this video specifically done for FOGSL’s MigrantWATCH program. The video was compiled by  Jeewa Mendis with most of the clips found in the video were captured by herself. FOGSL take this opportunity to THANK Jeewa for doing this wonderful video.


It is DECEMBER again – the Bird Counting Month..!!

1 Dec


Bird Counting Month is an opportunity for you to pay attention to the birds. In ‘December’ Sri Lanka will be having the peak number of birds as it is middle of the migration season, hence the best time to do this exercise.
Participating for the Bird Counting is simple. What you have to do is to make a list of birds that you have been able to identify in a given location (with number of each species – if possible). The list should include the date, time, location, weather at the time, the habitat that the bird observation is carried out, and the name and contact details of the observer. You can also include the number of each species seen at the location, so that this number can be used roughly to compare the population next year. We will announce the method you can share your data shortly.
If you participated the Bird Counting last year, do the counting in the same area this year too. The list of birds and numbers can be tallied with the last few years. If the conditions of the counting are same, then yourself can have an assessment of the status of birds in that area.

Join the birding visit to Kirala Kele to be part of the official launching event of ‘Bird Counting Month’.
Pass the message.. Get your friends to join too…!!

Happy Bird Counting Month,