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Cuckoo About Nature Club

 

Cuckoo About Nature Club

Since childhood, I have always been captivated by all the creepy critters and feathered friends that co-existed with me. But as I grew older and they too grew scarce, I started to realise that we had lost the elemental relationship between man and nature completely in our cities, and kids had grown disconnected from the wild. Fuelled by my passion for wildlife and hope for change, like any aspirational 14 year old, I decided to do something about it!

In 2018, I co-founded a birdwatching community for children called the Cuckoo About Nature (CAN) Club, the very first and now also the largest youth led nature and birding club for kids in India. What is unique about our club is that instead of adults, children lead bird walks and nature workshops for other children, making the entire experience more fun, engaging and interactive! The CAN club has successfully conducted several nature walks and hosted several events like an annual quiz, art jam sessions, photography workshops, nature expeditions and collaborations with bodies like Faber Castell, Hindustan Times and the World Wildlife Fund. This club functions as a subset of India's largest birding community Delhi Bird Foundation (DBF) with 50,000 members worldwide.

Check out more about CAN Club at https://cuckooaboutnature.com

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BIRD WALKS                                               

CAN has conducted more than 32 nature  walks and workshops across Delhi-NCR  to several biodiversity hotspots and bird sanctuaries     


https://cuckooaboutnature.com/nature-walks/                                          

 

ANNUAL QUIZ


In December 2019, CAN Club teamed up with Hindustan Times, DBF, and WWF to launch its first ever annual Nature Quiz with about 110 participants at the Aravalli Biodiversity Park Gurgaon.

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COMMUNITY ART PROJECT

In May 2019, CAN Club organized a community art project to create awareness about wildlife species being affected by deforestation, pollution, and climate change, securing sponsorship from Faber Castell with about 100 participants

 

EDUCATION

With about 500 members across the country, CAN is the first and largest youth birding network in India, working with 34 schools and several organisations nationwide to educate kids about Indian biodiversity.

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RESTORING ECOSYSTEMS

The best way to save the Cuckoo is to clean the Cuckoo's habitat - something we love doing through our plogging-birdwatching clean up drives!

 

FIELD TRIPS

In April 2019, I led a 5-day educational field trip to Uttarakhand to explore hill biodiversity by tying up with local guides. In 2019, as part of the Big Bird Day, I led a ‘Bird Race’ with my team of 50 participants, finishing 3rd in New Delhi with about 120 species sighted!

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NATIONAL SECURITY GUARD

In May 2018, CAN Club was invited by the National Security Guard of India to lead a campus bird count with over 80 participants at their headquarters in Manesar. 

 

AWARDS

In 2020, we launched the Cuckoo Eco Hero Award with the aim of encouraging and recognizing meaningful work by youth in conservation.

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SUPPORTING CONSERVATION

CAN has directly supported conservation efforts by several wildlife agencies in India through butterfly counts, bird house and feeder making workshops, wildlife film screenings for school kids and native tree plantations, helping protect and nurture biodiversity. 

 
 
 
 

©2020 by Aman Sharma