Alappuzha dist to have first bird map in the country soon

K A Babu

The first phase of the works has been completed.

Alappuzha: The first complete bird map of a district is getting ready in Alappuzha. The first phase of the works has been completed.

The map is being prepared after including the 248 species of birds in the district in various regions. The process is taking place under the leadership of 34 bird lovers here.

One can study the difference in the number of birds in the region from the map once it is ready, besides identifying changes in climate and the environment.

In the first phase, observational studies were conducted from July 16 to September 13 when there were no migratory birds. The data for the second phase will be recorded when the birds come visiting from January 15 to March 15.

The guidelines for the preparation of the bird map were formulated by the two-day workshop of bird watchers organised at the Forestry College, Thrissur. It was decided to conduct the first phase in Alappuzha and Thrissur. However, the first phase has not been completed in Thrissur due to technical reasons.

From district coordinator Harikumar Mannar, and V S Nidheeshkumar, G Jayakrishnan, Vipin G Nath, and members of Ezhupunna Birders, to seventh standard student Devi Ambika were part of the mission.

Of the 248 species of birds in the district, 170 were spotted in Ezhupunna region apparently due to the fish farming there. The destruction of wetlands is resulting in a dip in the number of birds all the same.

The birders found house sparrows and black-tailed godwit which are facing extinction during the process. Twelve house sparrows were spotted in Edathva while the black-tailed godwit was found at Melpadam, Veeyapuram.

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