|30.08.2014||Lecture on Bird Migration||By Prof.Sarath Kotagama|
|27.09.2014||Lecture on Migrant Birds of Sri Lanka||By Prof.Devaka Weerakoon|
|27.09.2014||Let’s Explore Bird Migration||FOG KIDS program for Junior birders|
|28.10.2014||Birding at Thalangama Wetland|
|03.12.2014 – 05.12.2014||Exhibits on Migrants at P.B.Karunaratne Memorial Bird Educational Exhibition|
|Throughout season||Monitoring of incoming of Ratnapura Barn Swallows||Assisted by Athula Edirisinghe|
|Throughout season||Capturing the sightings of migrants shared on public domain||Assisted by Ajith Gamage|
The main event of the MigrantWATCH 2014/15 was held on the last weekend of September with a lecture by Prof. Devaka Weerakoon on 27th of September. A mini exhibition on Migrants with few exhibition panels was setup inline with the lecture. The special MigrantWATCH T-shirt too has been manufactured by Dilly & Carlo to support this year’s MigrantWATCH too has been made available for sales at this event.
The FOG-KIDS session for junior birders of September was conducted on the theme ‘Migrant Birds’. An introduction to the common migrants that could be spotted even on home gardens was given to these Junior Birders who enjoyed the session.
A birding session for migrants and other common birds at Thalangama Wetland on 28th of September was followed. Over 100 birders participated in this birding event.
As a separate exercise, the migratory Barn Swallow colony of Ratnapura was tracked for the days they first arrive. It was discovered that the first group of migrants arrived in Ratnapura on 08th of September. Along with the launch, an online data capturing sheet in the form of GoogleDocs were setup to record the data of the sightings of the migrants shared in the public domain such as social media and the records directly sent to FOGSL.
The awareness on migrant birds was given through print media and social media throughout the season. The blog www.migrantwatch.wordpress.com too has been used to outreach the public and bird enthusiasts on migrant birds.