Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Comeback of grey pelicans Bird creates immense academic interest

The return back of grey pelicans bird to Kolleru Lake has generated a wonderful amount of academic interest in the avian fauna of the lake. The amount of migratory and residential birds recorded by the Wildlife Division of the Forest Department has almost accomplished 200.

Several species of jacanas, storks, herons, ducks, teals, cormorants, daters, terns, pigeons, doves, swifts, kingfishers, drongos, bee-eaters, cuckoos, parakeets, swallows, bitterns, owls and sparrows are on the list of birds that have made a home in the lake. Many of these birds were rare and threatened spices. The large whistling teal is listed in Schedule-I of the Wildlife (Protection Act) 1972. The migratory birds stopped coming and the residential birds left with the devastation of their habitat by unregulated aquaculture.

The grey pelican birds were among the first birds to stop arriving to the lake to roost. But the many steps has taken by the Forest Department brought these large birds back.

The birds remained away from the lake for a couple of decades. The lake which is a Ramsar site was then announced a wildlife sanctuary. Several illegal fish tanks were destroyed as part of Operation Kolleru. The birds came back after that, but did not stay to perch in the season. The Forest Department then took special steps to see that the pelicans that were coming every year remained back in Atapaka to nest.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Local Guardians Back to Protect Sariska Tigers

The New Year augurs well for the Sariska Tiger Reserve, for the local guardians of the 400 sq km sanctuary nestling in the lap of the Aravallis are back vowing to protect the land, the trees, the fauna and the apex animal, tiger.

One could visualise the return of the lovely days for Sariska as early this past week villagers in the neighbourhood of the park -- which had lost all tigers in the wild some years back to alleged poaching -- inspired by Waterman Rajendra Singh started a 19-day padyatra committing themselves to protection of this precious island of bio-diversity towards which the metropolis of Delhi is stretching its hands greedily!