Science and Social Sciences

Std. 03 undertook the study of ‘Birds’ in their Science classes in Term 2 of 2021- ‘22.

As a culmination of  their learning, guest speaker, Dr. Umesh Srinivasan,  engaged the class on 30th November, ’21, in a visual delight using vivid pictures and sharing facts about birds. These were drawn from his research projects in Northeast India. Dr. Umesh described the processes used by ornithologists and scientists to tag birds in order to monitor their migratory movements, in order to get an idea of their behaviour, and also explained the increasing threats these creatures encounter today.

Dr. Umesh Srinivasan began as an avid birdwatcher in his student days. He is an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, where he teaches currently.

We then invited Mr. Chandrashekhar M., an avid birdwatcher, naturalist and photographer, for an in-person interaction with our students, on 3rd December,  ‘21.

Mr. Chandrashekhar began his talk with basic inputs about birdwatching for beginners, describing the equipment used for an optimal birdwatching experience. He next displayed his personal collection of photographs of the birds that he had spotted in and around Bengaluru. He used this resource to elaborate on when and where one could spot these birds, whether they were  migratory or natives, etc. He also emphasised the fact that birds are helpful to humans and explained the threats facing these beautiful creatures.

Finally, Mr Chandrashekhar encouraged students to become part of the birdwatching community, with helpful suggestions and names of useful sites to further spark their interest in this activity. He then patiently fielded questions from the enthused audience.