Bird atlas project: a conservation model worth copying

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Kerala’s avifauna is no more a subject of speculation, thanks to the passionate bird watchers and voluntary ornithologists’ groups, who successfully mapped 10 percent of the state’s bird population as part of the nation’s ever first ‘bird atlas project.’

An arduous initiative by the College of Forestry, Thrissur, the first phase of the project involved several stages of dry season and wet season surveys in selected areas of each district. This itself generated some exceptional results, including some relevant observations regarding the population and migration patterns of birds over years, their contributing factors and larger impacts on the environment.

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