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Our logo, and the name of our newsletter: Pitta “The word PITTA has come into ornithology from the Telugu pitta, (small bird), latinized by Vieillot in 1816, as the name of a Genus, and since adopted by English ornithologists as the general name for a group of birds, remarkable for their great beauty. In ornithology, the word is first found as part of the native name ponnunky pitta given in 1713 by Petiver, in the “mantissa” to John Ray’s SYNOPSIS, on the authority of one Edward Buckley of Fort St. George, Madras city. This bird is the Pitta bengalensis (now P. brachyura) of modern ornithologists.” [Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th ed., 1911]
The Birdwatchers’ Society of Andhra Pradesh was founded as a non-governmental organisation in 1980 by a few enthusiasts of Andhra Pradesh with the object of spreading the message of bird conservation; the Society has grown during the years. It organises field trips, lectures, film and slide shows, nature camps, treks, waterfowl counts, bird ringing, etc. It is Registered under the Public Societies Registration Act-I of 1350 F.
1. To inculcate in the people, a sense of adventure, love and appreciation of the avifauna.
2. To educate people about the role of avifauna in life on earth and the need for its protection.
3. To inculcate in the people, a sense of responsibility towards protection of the environment.
4. To work for the protection and establishment of bird sanctuaries and reserves in India and particularly in Andhra Pradesh.
5. To promote the knowledge of ornithology and to assist any other institutions or individuals engaged in similar pursuits.
6. To provide, maintain and equip a museum or repository suitable to the study of birds.
Achievements: The BSAP has had some major achievements to its credit. Some of these are:
1) Decennial Seminar on Role of Birds in the Environment and Their Conservation.
2) Publication of the popular ‘tick-list’, Common Birds of Hyderabad Region.
3) Publication of Dr. Salim Ali’s The Hyderabad State Ornithological Survey as a Souvenir of the Decennial Seminar.
4) Publication of A Checklist of Birds of Andhra Pradesh, compiled by members of the Society.
5) The Society has inspired members to take up environment-related careers in forestry and wildlife biology.
6) A 2-day Workshop in Ornithology for participants from various Districts of Andhra Pradesh State.
7) Successful lobbying for Shilparamam, an urban wilderness reserve containing representative habitat of the Deccan Plateau and Necklace Garden, an environmental education centre in the heart of Hyderabad city.
8) Conducting of Wildlife Art Show (WASH-2000), showcasing artists from Hyderabad, Delhi and Bangalore and their works specifically relating to birds and animals.
9) Awarded mementos to eminent ornithologists from India for their contribution to Indian ornithology.
10) Participation by and presentation of papers by society members in national and international seminars and workshops.
11) Participation and involvement by members in the Asian Waterfowl Census – an ongoing activity since 1987.
12) Members have been nominated and are serving on Wildlife, Zoo Advisory, Bird Studies and other environmental boards.