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Kerala conducts survey on birds

india Updated: Jan 09, 2009 12:39 IST

Kerala government has launched an ambitious ornithological survey, following the footprints of renowned ornithologist Salim Ali, who undertook the first ever mapping of birds' population in the state, 75 years back.

The project, which would last for a year, was launched by the state Forest department along with Kerala Bio-Diversity Board at Marayur in Idukki District on January three.

Ali had also started his journey of collecting details about birds from the same site in 1933 on an invitation from the then Maharaja of Travancore.

Ornithologist and Ali's disciple R Sugathan, who drew up the chart for the endeavour, said 19 major spots explored by Ali would be revisited by the present team for one year.

However, out of the 19 spots, which formed part of the erstwhile princely state of Travancore, three sites- Aramboli, Kanayakumari and Balamori Estate in Ashamboo Hills are now in Tamil Nadu.

The team has sought permission from the Tamil Nadu government to conduct the survey in these places, Sugathan told PTI here.

The team would stick to the same dates, periodicity of survey and locations for observation as done by Ali.

But, unlike in the earlier attempt, modern equipment and gadgets would be used this time to capture birds for examination, Sugathan said.

The study would also collect information on environment changes that have taken place in the state over the past 75 years as many sites have largely been urbanised, he said, adding the best example was the Aakulam area near here.