The 16th edition of the Chennai Bird Race is back.
What’s it about? After a pandemic-induced break, the Chennai Bird Race is returning with its 16th edition, thanks to the Madras Naturalists’ Society (MNS). Last year, due to Covid protocols, the event was open to only members of the MNS. This year, the event will have an online link where participants can record their observations.
- Participants set out in groups of 4 to count bird species in and around Chennai within a 60-80 km radius. Organisers try to club two experienced bird watchers with two who don’t have experience bird watching.
- Each year, the event sees 40 teams participate. Participants can travel up to Pulicat and Kanchipuram. Once the day is over, they gather for dinner and share their experiences.
Who said what? MNS President KV Sudhakar said the event isn’t competitive but an opportunity for people to get some fresh air and learn about nature and conservation. He hopes the event will benefit children in learning about new bird species.