The Common Bird Monitoring Program, a pioneer Citizen Science Project and certainly the first of its kind in the country to monitor common birds, was launched in Mumbai, India on the occasion of the World Sparrow Day on March 20, 2012.
The program is a Nature Forever Society initiative aimed at monitoring through detailed population estimation and distribution mapping of the 18 common bird species found across the country. These include the House Sparrow, House Crow, Rock Pigeon and Rose-ringed Parakeet, all of which are well known. Lesser known birds include Ashy Prinia and Hoopoe. It is a unique project by the people, for the people and of the people. In addition, the project will also help map the common bird species of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.