Monday, 10th of December 2018

Basic Course in Ornithology (BCO) 2018-2019

BNHS CEC is happy to announce the admissions for Basic Course in Ornithology (BCO) for the year 2018–19. The course includes inaugural and wrap-up camps, field visits around Mumbai and field camps to various bird habitats across India. 

What is BCO and what are its benefits?

Ø  An online hybrid course

Ø  Duration is 11 months (August 2018 to June 2019)

Ø  Notes cover various aspects of ornithology

Ø  Project work

Ø  Field camps and field visits

Ø  Certificate from BNHS after successful completion

Ø  Course leader: Dr. Raju Kasambe, Ornithologist, IBA Programme Manager and In-charge, CEC, Mumbai.


Who can enroll?

Ø  Anyone with an interest in avian biodiversity of India

Ø  Basic qualification is Class 10 (any board)

What are the course deliverables?

The course includes extensive notes, field visits with experts and online assignments. A detailed break-up of the course deliverables is as follows:

  • Chapters: Every month one chapter, written by BNHS experts, is emailed to the participants. Chapters cover various topics such as introduction to birds, their evolution, morphology, anatomy, physiology, food and feeding habits, history of Indian ornithology and bird conservation.
  • Online research: To learn in greater detail about India’s biodiversity and its conservation issues, participants are expected to refer to scientific papers, articles, news, discussions, films etc. available online and submit abstracts of the same in the monthly assignment submission document.
  • Field visits and reports:A total of eight 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 must be submitted as part of 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: One inaugural session, one wrap-up session and two field camps will be organised. Field camps are conducted at various biodiversity habitats across India. Participants are required to attend both the field camps and the inaugural session. After each camp, a report must be submitted as part of the monthly assignment submission document
  • Project work: This is an integral part of the course and involves submitting a project report every month. Every project will focus on a theme and the report will be based on 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 and a practical action plan for one’s locality. 

What is the course fee?

The course fee is Rs. 12,000/- which includes BNHS expertise and refreshments in the inaugural and wrap-up camps. The field camps at other locations are charged separately. BNHS members and students can avail 10% discount on the course fee only.


How to Register?

Interested individuals can email BNHS at ‘This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ’ for the registration form and payment details. Last date for registration is 10 July 2018 (Limited seats available). For further details, please call on 022-22821811 or 9594953425 between 9.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. from Monday to Friday.