Early Bird is a not-for-profit initiative by Nature Conservation Foundation, which aims to develop and distribute a variety of educational material to introduce children to the wonderful world of birds. The first is a set of 40 flashcards on common birds of India, featuring 40 common species found throughout the country. The second set of tools from Early Bird is a series of handy pocket guides for beginner birders, in a portable format that can be easily carried in the field. These are great tools to be used for indoor or outdoor activities in schools or nature groups, and also make perfect gifts for children interested in birds.

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What’s That Bird? – An educational game

Each of the 40 cards is slightly larger than postcard size, printed on thick paper and laminated to withstand rough usage. Each card features a photograph of the bird species on the front, and interesting information about it on the back, including a trivia section, which can be used to play educational games in the classroom, by following instructions given in a separate card that  is included with the set.

Pocket Guides

The handy, portable pocket guide folds into a size of 3.5″ x 8.5″, and is laminated for protection. Illustrations of birds have been used with permission from “Birds of the Indian Subcontinent” by Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp and Tim Inskipp. Two such guides are available – for Peninsular India and Spiti & Ladakh, each featuring ~ 135 familiar species, arranged by habitat and families. More are being developed for other regions, and bilingual formats are also being planned for the future. 

Both the game and the pocket guides are available online at www.early-bird.in