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Chat on "Online Courses on the study of birds" dated July 19, 2015
  • Susan Sharma: Today's chat topic is Online courses on the study of birds.
  • Susan Sharma: Moderator V.Jaishankar Jaishankar is a Founder of the Bangalore based NGO VanaMitra. He completed the BCO program from BNHS last year with top honours.
  • Susan Sharma: Welcome Arun
  • Susan Sharma: Jaishankar is logging in
  • Arun Varghese: Hi Susan.....Thanks
  • Jaishankar: Good Evening
  • Susan Sharma: Welcome, Jaishankar
  • Arun Varghese: Good Evening Jaishankar
  • Jaishankar: Hi Susan, Thanks
  • Ajay Gadikar: Hi
  • Ajay Gadikar: Good evening everybody
  • Jaishankar: Hi Ajay
  • Susan Sharma: I suppose all of us in the room are bird watchers and would like to know more about studying about birds. Waiting to hear Jaishankar
  • Meghna Joshi: Hello everybody
  • Jaishankar: BCO- Basic Course in Ornithology
  • Jaishankar: Any queries about the course
  • Susan Sharma: Did completing the BCO course help you in taking more interest in birds?
  • Susan Sharma: Meghna and Ajay , are you bird watchers too?
  • Jaishankar: Definitely, I learned about the scientifically documenting the birds which i am using to conserve them in 5 locations in Karnataka
  • Arun Varghese: 1) The course mentions we will get the materials at the beginning of the month. Is there any specific date on which this will be available? Will this be send to our email address or do we need to get this from the website?And I assume we will be having a softcopy of the material.
  • Ajay Gadikar: hi susan, i am a avid bird watcher
  • Jaishankar: You will get the course material on 5th of every month. It will be uploaded in lore
  • Ajay Gadikar: Jaishankar, in which way the course helped you
  • Jaishankar: Identification of birds by indirect methods was the best one, and studying and ringing the migratory birds was like a gift for any birder.
  • Ajay Gadikar: ok
  • Jaishankar: The assignments given in the course will slowly transform a bird watcher in to a Bird scientist
  • Arun Varghese: Yes...that's what we are expecting from the course...
  • Arun Varghese: 2) For the inaugural camp on Aug 1,2 which is mandatory, how will accomodation be arranged? When will we get details on location and other details?
  • Jaishankar: Accommodation for Inaugural camp will be in CEC, it will be a dormitory.
  • Ajay Gadikar: Hi Arun, please visit the bnhs site, the date of inaugural dates has been reseduled to aug 29th and 30th
  • Ajay Gadikar: i mean inaugural camp
  • Ajay Gadikar: *resheduled
  • Arun Varghese: I thought it was Aug 1st and 2nd.......I wont be able to make it on 29,30
  • Ajay Gadikar: i am happy to know that the indian wildlife club is trying its best to create awareness about the courses
  • Susan Sharma: Thank you, Ajay.
  • Susan Sharma: Meghna are you also doing the BCO course?
  • Jaishankar: Every birder should take up this course, But the time this course consumes it should be renamed as Bachelors Course in Ornithology
  • Susan Sharma: Do you mean that the assignments are tough and time consuming?
  • Susan Sharma: Have you given this feedback to BNHS?
  • Jaishankar: They are not tough, about time...yes one has to spend good amount of time to complete the assignments
  • Jaishankar: as all the assignments will have a timeline to submit
  • Susan Sharma: Are you referring to the field assignments?
  • Jaishankar: Both field and off field assignments
  • Susan Sharma: I understand BNHS is flexible in timelines in case of genuine difficulties
  • Jaishankar: Nope, in lore there will be a timeline for every assignment.
  • Susan Sharma: If you are keen to have a deep understanding of birds BCO is the best course available. Also, remember it is upto you how seriously you take the program. The timelines are fthere but in case you cannot complete in one year, BNHS allows the flexibility to take up field trips with subsequent batches.
  • Susan Sharma: If there are no more queries, shall we close?
  • Jaishankar: Ya Susan, if anyone keen on learning about birds this is the best course.
  • Jaishankar: All the best to fellow birders
  • Susan Sharma: Thank you Jaishankar and all birders who took time off to participate in the chat
  • Susan Sharma: Good night.
  • Jaishankar: Good Night
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