About Bird Festival 2020

Nandi never ceases to spring surprises to birdwatchers with more than 200 species of birds. From spotting unusual birds like Black Baza, Blue-headed rock thrush, white-throated ground thrush, Eurasian Blackbird, Pied thrush, Indian blue robin, Ultramarine Flycatcher, spotted babbler, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Niligiri woodpigeon and many species of migrant Warblers. Nandi is a paradise for birdwatchers. In this most sought-after bird watching destination, we want to share incredible knowledge and experiences on Birds. A flock of circling vultures is quite a familiar scene depicted in literature and motion pictures. It symbolizes the forthcoming danger or scary tales about to unfold in time. Well, is that all about them? We don’t think so. 
Vultures are more than just that. They are often called nature’s clean-up crew as they play a vital role in the clean-up of the environment. They are an extremely important part of our ecosystem. Without them, we’ll be amidst foul-smelling carcasses that linger longer which would cause diseases. They are crucial to our ecosystem’s balance yet poached, poisoned and killed globally. 
it’s valuable to educate people about the true nature of these vulnerable birds. In 2020, we want to tell you more about them on the 17th, 18th and 19th of January on the beautiful hill fortress – Nandi Hills. To New Beginnings because that’s what Bird festival represents…

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided and keep posted for further itinerary updates …

Note : 
It is the responsibility of registered users to reach the venue at scheduled time. Registered users are requested to bring water bottles and binoculars during the event. Kindly make your own arrangements for such equipment and other important necessities.

The events consisting of speakers, addressing, film screening etc will be at the discovery village, at the foothills of Nandi.

Also, the registered users have to arrange for their own transportation from the place of accommodation to the venue.

Program Itinerary
DayEventTopicsTime - Slots
17th Jan 2020Registration
10:00 AM

Opening ceremony
11:00 AM Onwards

01:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Session 1Keynote address on Vultures by speakers1. Mr. Chris Bowden: Saving Asia's Vultures from Extinction – updates on whether we can?02:30 pm - 03.30 pm

2. Mr. Shashi Kumar B. : Vultures of Ramadeverabetta Vulture Sanctuary, Ramanagara03:30 pm - 04:00 pm

3.Ms. Tanuja – Mysuru City Bird Atlas: A systematic study of birds across space and time04:00 pm – 04.45 pm

Tea and Networking05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Session 2 Nandi and Photography1. Mr. Dipu K – Birds of Inland Hills of Karnataka & the uniquenss of Nandi Hills

2. Ms. Sujatha Murching : Bird Photography, an Enchanting Experience

3. Ms. Aksheeta Mahapatra : Conservation of Spot-billed Pelican at Kokkarebellur Community Reserve with changing time and attitudes
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

Film screening
07:30 PM - 08:00 PM

08:00 PM
18th Jan 2020BirdingIn groups06:00 am - 12:00 pm

LunchAt the venue01:00 pm - 02:00 pm
Session 3North Karnataka Birders Network [NKBN]1. Ms. Apoorva - Wings for Conservation Action: Success stories of community-based bird conservation in India

2. Mr. Hemanth Byataroy - Trends in Illegal wildlife trade - Focus on Birds

3. Mr. Karthik - My journey as a birder, focus on Special Birds of Colleg of Forestry, Sirsi
02:00 pm - 03:30 pm

Tea & Networking
03:30 pm - 04.00 pm
Session 4 Experiences from across the country1. Dr. V. Santharam: Spreading the conservation message through birds

2. Dr. Ramana Athreya: Birds, Tribals, and Conservation

3. Ms. Tanuja – Mysuru City Bird Atlas: A systematic study of birds across space and time

4. Dr. Subramanya: On Salim Ali & Trail - Mysore Bird Survey
04:00 pm - 06:30 pm

06:30 pm – 07:30 pm

Film screening
07.30 pm – 08.00 pm

08:00 pm
19th Jan 2020BirdingIn groups and disperse06:00 am-12:00 pm

Stay details :

  • These are suggested hotels
  • We do not provide any booking for the hotels
  • Please contact the below-mentioned numbers and confirm your booking
  • One can also book any other hotel of their choice 

1Discovery villageNext to Kanive Nandishwara Temple, Nandi Foot Hills,Near Sulthanpet, Chikkaballapur, Karnataka 562103 
2Silver Mist Club & ResortNo. 572,573, Opp. Government Forest Nursery, Sultanpete
088848 66804
3Capital Hill Home StayNandi Hills Main Road, State Highway 74, Chikkaballapur
099000 18602
4Capital O 15965 Hotel Nandi Gateway

Nandi Hills Main Rd, Nandi Hill Cross, Heggadahalli, Dodballapura 

0124 620 1320

5Prestige Golfshire ClubNandi Hills Road, Karahalli Post, Kundana Hobli, Taluk, Devanahalli
080 2801 5800