Birds For Beginners

iNaturewatch Foundation is a charitable trust (reg. E-1074 dt. 13 May 2016) working in the field of urban biodiversity across the country since 2014. We aim at developing environmentally sensitive citizens by engaging them with environment through our various innovative initiatives. Dr.V.Shubhalaxmi (ex-BNHS) is the Founder and Managing Trustee of iNaturewatch Foundation.

Details about the Course

India is blessed with more than 1300 species of birds. The recent global event — Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) 2016 — has put India on 3rd highest number out of the 135 countries worldwide with highest number of species recorded from a single country. Moreover when it comes to wildlife, birds are the first preference of most of the nature enthusiasts in the country.

Owing to the popularity of birds and bird watching around us we are happy to launch a short term 'Online course on Birds for Beginners'. Eminent ornithologists like Dr. Asad Rahmani & Dr. Parvish Pandya from the country will be involved as experts for chats and study modules. It is a graded course and you will receive a Certificate after successful completion of the course.

As the name suggests, the course is suitable for amateur nature enthusiasts such as students, teachers and families. If birds excite you and you do not have any science background, this course might help you fuel your passion.

Enrolling for the course is easy!



Anyone with interest in ornithology & a yearning for knowledge about birds.


On successful completion of the course including the activities you will receive a certificate from iNaturewatch Foundation validating your learning. Besides, the course will be a great experiential learning experience for you and will also give you a chance to interact with experts in the field.


  1. Introduction to Birds
  2. Bird Body and Adaptation
  3. Bird Groups (Bird families, forest birds, grassland birds and waders)
  4. Bird Architecture
  5. Bird Breeding Biology (Bird calls, egg to fledging journey)
  6. Bird conservation (Migration, Threatened birds, Conservation Projects)

COURSE FEES: Rs.5000/- (Members of IndianWildlifeclub get a discount of 5% on course fee)
COURSE DURATION: 3 months (1 December 2016- 28 February 2017)


Study Resources: 6 chapters with videos

The Course management system is Moodle where in we will offer Online assignments (6 no.), Online Quiz (3 no.), Google Hangouts with Experts (6 no.), Local Field Visits (3 no.), Google Hangout for Assignment review (3 no.), Project work (1), Hands on activities (3), and Final exam (1).


  • Dr. Asad Rahmani, Ex-Director, Bombay Natural History Society(BNHS)
  • Dr. Parvish Pandya, Consultant in IB, CIE & AP Curricula, Bhavan's College Andheri

Last date for registration: 29 November, 2016
For Queries: Contact or get in touch with Krutika Dalvi, Course Executive, through Whatsapp at +91 99870 13144 or write to

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