Tuesday, 6th of December 2016

Bird Migration Study Project

 

Head: Dr S Balachandran, Dy. Director

Major Projects: 

ELUCIDATING THE MIGRATORY ROUTES OF LONG DISTANCE MIGRATORY DUCKS AND GEESE WINTERING AT PONG DAM THROUGH SATELLITE TRACKING

 

Principal Investigator      :             Dr. S. Balachandran

The project was successfully carried out to recognize the breeding origin, migratory routes and stopover sites of selected long distance migratory ducks and geese wintering in Pong-Wetland through satellite tracking. The linkage of Pong with other wetlands located all along the Central Asian Flyway was established to recognize its global importance.

The birds captured were fitted with BNHS metal rings and biometric data were noted. Some of the birds were trached with the help of transmitor. 

SATELLITE TRACKING OF GREATER FLAMINGO PHOENICOPTERUS ROSEUS MIGRATION BETWEEN POINT CALIMERE, TAMIL NADU AND ITS BREEDING GROUNDS

 

Principal Investigator      :            Dr. S. Balachandran 

This project was aimed to i) investigate the spring migration routes and staging areas of the Greater Flamingo wintering at Point Calimere, ii) to recognize the geographical origins of the Greater Flamingos wintering at Point Calimere, iii) to investigate the duration of stays at staging areas, iv) to undertake the preliminary ecological assessment in the wetlands where satellite transmitter tagged birds stage during their northward migration and v) to identify the conservation problems and suggest the measures for the remedial management of this species.

STUDIES ON WATERBIRD MONITORING AND AVIAN DISEASE SURVEILLANCE WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS FOR HABITAT MANAGEMENT IN CHILIKA LAKE

Principal Investigator      :            Dr. S. Balachandran

The project is aimed to investigate 1) Species-wise Population monitoring and study the movement pattern of waterbirds within the lake and between the lake and their breeding grounds by using bird ringing and colour marking, 2) Establish the correlation between the physico-chemical, benthic fauna and aquatic flora, 3) Disease surveillance to establish the causes for avian diseases. 4) Surveillance for the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, 5) assess the nutrient contents such as Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K) in guano of birds, 6) to correlate the temporal changes in the bird population with climate change, 7) to continue the breeding birds monitoring on Nalabana, 8) To identify the suitable locality for the creation of a new island similar to Nalabana, 9) To impart trainings on waterbird monitoring techniques., 10) To organize coordinated waterbird census, 11) to bring out a book on the “Waterbird Ecology of Chilika Lake”

Two training programmes for the Forest Department and CDA staff were organised. The midwinter waterbird count was carried out during 2014.

IDENTIFICATION OF MANAGEMENT MEASURES FOR PALLIKARANAI MARSH TO FULFILL THE REQUISITE RAMSAR CRITERIA (BASED ON BIRD POPULATION) FOR THE DESIGNATION OF RAMSAR WETLAND  

Principal Investigator      :           Dr. S. Balachandran

Pallikaranai Wetland was monitored for the waterbird population, migration and reveals their Avian Flyways 

WETLAND ACTION PLAN FOR THE TWELVE WATERBIRD SANCTURIES IN ASSOCIATION WITH CARE EARTH TRUST FUNDED BY TBGP

 

Co-Investigator              :           Dr. S. Balachandran

Breeding data round the year for Vedanthangal and population fluctuation in different bird Sanctuaries.

BIRD RINGING AT HARIKE WETLAND, PUNJAB

Team Leader                 :           Dr. S Balachandran

The objective of the bird ringing workshop was to give bird ringing training to the Forest Department staff of Punjab and Local NGOs. 

RESTORATION OF SHOREBIRDS HABITATS OF POINT CALIMERE

Principal Investigator      :           Dr. S. Balachandran

Area to be restored was demarcated and negotiating with the wildlife department and corporate to implement the restoration measures identified through the studies.

BOOKS UNDER PREPARATION

·     Balachandran, S. and Pattnaik, A.K.   Compilation of Compendium on waterbird Ecology of Chilika Lake: Results of ten years scientific investigation on the waterbird monitoring of Chilika Lake sponsored by Chilika Development Authority is under progress.

 

·     Recoveries Atlas: Data compilation and analysis started for the Ringing Recovery Atlas. Ringing & recovery maps for eleven species has been completed.