About Wildlife Institute of India

About Wildlife Institute of IndiaEstablished in 1982, Wildlife Institute of India (WII) is an internationally acclaimed Institution, which offers training program, academic courses and advisory in wildlife research and management. The Institute is actively engaged in research across the breadth of the country on biodiversity related issues.

The Institute's idyllic campus that has been carefully developed to create state of the art infrastructure encourages scholarly work.

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Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a popular citizen science event which collects valuable information pertaining to distribution and abundance of birds across the globe. Events like these demonstrate the power of engaging citizens in learning about the natural world and monitoring how it is changing.

WII along with other 101 campuses (including research stations, government institutions, schools, colleges, universities and corporate offices etc.) across India participated in the count carried over 4 days from 13-16 February, 2015. As part of the count, birders in WII were grouped into 5 teams and they surveyed in and around the WII campus. In order to increase the efficiency of the coverage area the campus was divided into subareas like Nature trail, Faculty Residential colony, area between admin block and old hostel, Sal patch near WII and IIIrd block residential colony. A total number of 26 checklists were uploaded to the global listing website (http://ebird.org/) and a total of 96 species along with three unidentified species were recorded during the count days. Over all, 1593 individual birds were counted in the WII campus. Rose ringed parakeet, Himalayan bulbul and Large-billed Crow were the most seen birds during the count and birds like Indian cormorant, Eurasian Hoopoe, Black-winged cuckooshrike and Grey-winged blackbird were recorded only once.

Contributors to the count: Gopi G V, Manoj V Nair, Shubaranjan Sen, J. A. Johnson, Gautam Talukdar, Nisha Subba, K C Bhutia, J D Pati, Jaya Krishnan, Pankaj, Dimpi Patel, Monika Kaushik, Ashutosh Singh, Naitik Patel, Ridhima Solanki, Gokulakannan, Pritha Dey, Rahul Talegaonkar, Sumit Arya, Deepti Gupta, Tanveer Ahmed, Gaura Chandra Das, Shahid Dar, Suresh Rana, Vipin, Vandana Rajput, Prerna Sharma, Ankita Bhattacharya, Rutu Prajapati, Sudip Banerjee and Sougata Sadhukhan.

More information about the GBBC, Campus Bird Count, and other associated events can be found at www.birdcount.in, the website of the Bird Count India partnership. The global GBBC event is organized by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.