Thursday, 29th of June 2017

Basic Course in Ornithology (BCO) 2017-18

Basic Course in Ornithology (BCO) 2017-18

Conducted by BNHS CEC, Mumbai

What is BCO and what are its benefits?

  • A hybrid part-time, online course
  • The course duration is one year (July 2017 to June 2018)
  • Covers life history, biodiversity,behavior, ecology etc.
  • Online and field components interwoven in the course work
  • Field camps and Field visits
  • Certificate from BNHS after successful completion of course

Who can enroll?

  • Anyone with an interest to learn about the avian biodiversity of India
  • The basic qualification is 10th standard (any board)
  • Basic understanding about use of computer and internet (and access to the same)

What are the course deliverables?

The course has field as well as online assignments. The detailed break-up of the course deliverables on part of BNHS and on part of the participants is given below.

  • Chapters: Every month one chapter will be made available online for participants to read. It cover topics like Introduction and Classification and Anatomy, Bird Adaptation, Food and Diet, Woodland Birds, Breeding Biology, Grassland Birds, Bird Migration, Water Birds, Threatened Birds of India, Birds of Prey, Bird Conservation which are written by BNHS subject experts. 
  • E-updates: In order to keep the group abreast of happenings in the field of biodiversity and conservation, BNHS will periodically share news and information pertaining to the subject. Similarly, as a part of the monthly assignment, participants are expected to share updates in the form of news, excerpts from books or e-books, research papers, documentary links, etc. 
  • Online Research: In order to learn in greater detail about the research, conservation and awareness work being conducted, in the context of biodiversity and habitats as well as the social, cultural, administrative, technological and literary dimensions associated with it, participants are expected to refer to scientific papers, articles, news, discussions, films, etc available online/offline and submit abstracts of the same with the monthly assignment submission document. 
  • Field Visits and Reports: A total of six half day field visits will be conducted to various wildlife habitats near Mumbai, during the course duration out of which three are compulsory. A brief report on each field visit should be sent along with the monthly assignment submission document. Participants staying away from Mumbai in other parts of Maharashtra or in other states can instead visit a similar habitat near their location, on their own. 
  • Field Camps and Reports: In the course duration one inaugural camp, one wrap-up camp and three field camps will be organized. Field camps are conducted in various biodiversity habitats across India. Participants are required to attend one field camp and Inaugural camp. A camp report must be submitted after each camp as a part of the monthly assignment submission document.
  • Chat Sessions: Out of the four chat sessions that will be conducted in the course duration, participating in any two is mandatory. Participants are expected to send in their questions before the day of the chat for better coordination of the session.
  • Celebration of Eco Days: Participants are required to understand the relevance of various eco days observed globally as well as the Indian practices and festivals that actually promote conservation. Post that they are required to carry out awareness activities in their locality as well as online, highlighting the significance of that particular day/practice in biodiversity conservation. 
  • Project Work: This is an integral part of the course and involves submitting a project report every month as a part of the monthly assignment submission document. The monthly project report should be based on the theme outlined for that particular month and the relevant observations/study in one’s chosen locality. The final project report and the presentation at the end of the year will be an amalgamation of the monthly reports as well as a holistic and practical action plan for their respective localities. 

What is the course fee?

The course fee is Rs 10,000, which includes BNHS expertise in the online and field components, chapters, assignments, evaluation and food/refreshments in the inaugural and wrap-up camps. The field camps at other locations will be charged separately. BNHS members will get a 10% discount on the course fee only. 

How to Register?

Interested person can email to ‘’ In revert BNHS CEC team will send registration form and payment details. Last date of registration is 10th June, 2017 (Limited sits available) For further details, please call on 022-28429477 or 9594953425 during office hours.