S. Theodore BaskaranDr. A.M.K. BharosHarish R. BhatDr. S.P. BhatnagarDr. A.K. ChakravarthyDr. S. DevasahayamDr. Joseph GeorgeB.S. KulkarniArvind MishraFl.Lt. S. Rangaswami (Retd.)K. Mrutumjaya RaoA.N. Yellappa ReddyDr. Rajiv SaxenaS. SridharDr. Abraham Verghese
: S. Sridhar
Editorial BoardA Note from the Publisher
Dear fellow birdwatchers,
The Second National Seminar on Bird Ecology andConservation
was a historic occasion that provided avaluable opportunity to the birders to showcase their researchfindings and to interact with their counterparts from otherstates. A heartening trend over the past few years is thesteady increase in the will to protect the natural habitats ofour country. The credit for this trend should go to theNewsletter for Birdwatchers which has come a long way,professing bird conservation, among the young and the old,the novice and the peer. The community of Indian birdwatchersmust be complimented for their sustained support to theNewsletter for Birdwatchers.In order to galvanize this trend to the benefit of birds, thisnational seminar was organized. Also, in view of the factthat the forest department is empowered to formulatepolicies for the protection and conservation of wildlife andto advise the Government, involving the department isimperative to all conservation related issues. Accordinglytop officials of the forest department were involved from theplanning stage itself. The Bangalore Statement on NewInitiatives for Bird Conservation has demonstrated that Indianbirdwatchers are a strong and credible force to reckon with.The Statement has also manifested that the majority of thebirders have fairly judged the ground realities. The ecologicalproblems were dealt with a firm and consistent manner atthe seminar and the delegates were able to develop theirinteractions and deliberations in a comprehensive manner.Their articulations have considerably helped us tounderstand complex conservation issues and thesensitivities needed to tackle them. Consequently we couldformulate clear and lucid recommendations. Since the PCCF(Wildlife), PCCF (EWPRT) and the President of INCERTdrafted the recommendations of the seminar in consultationwith the delegates; these recommendations are expectedto carry adequate weight.It is by now accepted wisdom that diversity of birds is bestunderstood by amateur birdwatchers in India, who deemengagement in such productive pursuits are not only satisfyingbut also rewarding. These well-informed birders are strivingsteadfastly for the ecological progress of the country and tobridge the gap between the stake holders, who are otherwisebusy crossing swords. The seminar was another milestone,in our all out struggle against habitat destruction and effortsto save the gridlock of our country's ecological structure. Itwas also exceedingly gratifying to note that several studentshad the temerity to put forth incisive and searching questionsto the presenters at the seminar. The vision and directionworked out at the seminar could well be the basis for thesuccess of conservation movement in the decades to come.And for those who missed the seminar; they have reallymissed a golden event.Thanking you,Yours in bird conservation
Vol. 45No. 6Nov. - Dec. 2005
A Note from the Publisher
Second National Seminar on Bird Ecology andConservation by Dr. A.K. Chakravarthy andHarish R. Bhat
The Distribution, habitat and status of GreenAvadavat
(Latham, 1790) in MountAbu Aravalli hills, Rajasthan, India by
J.K. Tiwari andAnupama Tiwari
Birds feeding on Rice at Malda, West Bengal byArunayan Sharma,
Ultimate Parental Care by Karthik G.K.
Sighting of Goliath Heron (
) atPulicat Lake by Ranjan Kumar Das and Md. Imran.
Pictures taken on the occasion of the Second National Seminar on Bird Ecology and Conservation, Bangalore Photos by Mr. A.N. Sringeswara and K.S. Rajashekara.
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