Archive | May, 2015

MigrantWATCH 2014/15

10 May
This weekend is the World Migratory Bird Day. But sadly it is fallen on the off season for migratory birds in this part of the world, so we would not organize any event on this special day. However, I’m taking this opportunity to summarize and share some of the activities we had done as part of 2014/15 #MigrantWATCH. Looking forward for the next migratory season for MigrantWATCH 2015/16 . .
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 Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka (FOGSL) continued its annual program MigrantWATCH during the migratory season 2014/15 inline with “Welcome to the Birds” initiative of BirdLife Asia. The MigrantWATCH 2014/15 activities started with a lecture by Prof. Sarath Kotagama on Bird Migration on the last Saturday of month of August (30.08.2015) marking the onset of migratory season.

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 too has been used to outreach the public and bird enthusiasts on migrant birds.

. . . Looking forward for the next migratory season for MigrantWATCH 2015/16..!!