Mumbai, India -: The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), India’s foremost nature conservation organization, recently conducted its March Bird Count at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), resulting in a remarkable discovery and documentation of 92 bird species.

The bird count, held on March 17, 2024, witnessed the participation of over 45 BNHS members and volunteers, showcasing the power of citizen science in biodiversity conservation. The event, conducted jointly at SGNP and Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, marked a significant milestone in understanding and preserving avian diversity in the region.

Among the highlights of the count was the discovery of a new species, the Crested Treeswift, which has been added to the existing checklist of birds in the area. This addition brings the total recorded avian species in the region to an esteemed count of 220, reinforcing the ecological significance of SGNP.

The bird monitoring program at SGNP, initiated by BNHS in February 2021, continues to thrive through collaborative efforts with SGNP staff and enthusiastic volunteers. Led by Sri G. Mallikarjuna (IFS – Chief Conservator of Forests) and Sri Sudhir Sonawale (Assistant Conservator of Forests, SGNP), the program aims to engage nature enthusiasts and promote conservation through active participation.

Mr. Kishor Rithe, Director of BNHS, expressed his enthusiasm regarding the recent discoveries, stating, “As we embark on this journey of conservation, each bird counted is a testament to our collective dedication towards preserving our natural heritage. The addition of the Crested Treeswift to our list underscores the importance of continuous monitoring efforts, highlighting the ever-evolving tapestry of life within our sanctuaries.”

The SGNP Bird Monitoring Programme, also known as the SGNP Bird Count, invites individuals interested in nature conservation to participate in these monthly bird counts. For more information and participation details, please visit

About BNHS: The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) is a venerable institution with a history of 140 years dedicated to studying, conserving, and educating India’s natural heritage. Through various initiatives, research projects, and educational programs, BNHS remains at the forefront of nature conservation in India.