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WELCOME TO THE COCHIN NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY
The Cochin Natural History Society is a non-profit making, non-political charitable institution registered under the Travancore-Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act, 1955. This is a society of amateur naturalists who live in harmony with nature and seek to protect and to preserve the biodiversity and healthy natural environment. The mandate of the society is to undertake studies and documentation of biodiversity around us and to draw attention to the aesthetic, economic, scientific and conservation aspects.The society also intends to provide a platform to those who are concerned to come together and share, enlarge and correct our knowledge about Nature and its magnificence. Any person, who has a love, interest and commitment towards conservation of our biodiversity and natural history may become a member of the society*.
"You can know the names of a bird in all languages of the world,but when you are finished ,
You will know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird.....
So let`s look at the bird and see what it`s doing --that`s what counts.
I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something."
-Nobel Laureate Richard P Feynman(1918-1988)
Friday, January 10, 2020
Thursday, November 28, 2019
to enjoy birds … and learn from their ways
LET’S COME TOGETHER FOR OUR BIRDS
A rendezvous with birds of and around urban India!
The 13th KERALA Bird Race will be held on Sunday, 01st December 2019.
The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC), along with Kerala Birder, Cochin Natural History Society, Kerala Agricultural University along with Kerala’s birding community, are organizing this unique programme in and around the city. The all-India coordinator for the India BirdRAces is The Yuhina Canopy, while UWM is the Facilitating Partner.
As more of us people come into the urban world, we are not only shrinking natural landscapes immediately around our expanding urban centers but also our impacts on nearby wildernesses is escalating as well.
The India BirdRaces are a popular, non-competitive program for the joy of birding, that serves to bring together all the birding enthusiasts, from rank beginners to experts and professionals, as well as NGOs, birding groups, city administrations, forest and wildlife personnel and others in every city it is organized. This exciting program is conceptualized to help look at the avifauna (birdlife) of our urban and their surrounding wealth of habitats and serve to popularize bird-watching and help lead to a better understanding of other aspects of our biodiversity and environment.
After all, birds are often the foremost attraction for anyone interested in exploring the natural world. Birds are often also the most visible and moving indicator for changes happening around us, changes influenced by our actions. The BirdRaces help document many sites around every venue, up to an area of at least 40 – 50 km from the radius of every urban area, and we get a trend of what is increasing or retreating or disappearing.
These BirdRaces are simple, enjoyable and interactiv events, beginning from dawn and ending at an interactive get-together at a prominent venue, over dinner and chats and presentations and sharing of thoughts and lots more.
There is a Bird-of-the-Day team prize this year.
The evening Meet-Up of the program this year will be at The Surya Luxury Hotel, Near Kochi Intl. Airport, Railway Stn. Road, Angamaly.
The Chief Guest of the Function is Sri. S Unnikrishnan(IFS), Deputy Conservator of Forests, Kerala Forest Department .
There will be a screening of the documentaries The Urban Canopy(Dir: Sujith M G) on the importance of our vanishing urban biodiversity of Kochi city and White Cloud(Dir: Mahesh Maanas) both by the Green Grace Trust followed by Dinner.
With nearly 3000 people collectively partaking across more than a dozen Indian cities between November and March, the India BirdRaces are possibly the greatest birding event.
Invaluable data has been gathered to this fun event that is no less serious than science.
A day well spent for the cause of birds and urban environment!
All bird enthusiasts are encouraged to participate!!
For participation register at:
There will be a briefing session at Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary at 5 pm Saturday 30 November
For details contact:
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
CNHS Bird Walk at Thattekkad A short Video
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Wetlands in an agriculture-dominated landscape are known to support high bird diversity. Besides supporting bird populations these wetlands also provide ecosystem services in the form of cattle grazing, harvest of multiple wetland products (e.g., reeds, fish, silt, etc.), and water for agricultural and domestic purposes. These wetlands support non-breeding as well as breeding populations of water birds, including those that form heronries.Heronry birds are flagship species and good indicators of the health of the wetland ecosystem (Kushlan 1993; Frederick et al. 2009). Monitoring of heronry birds, hence, is useful in understanding the impact of pollution on the wetlands of agriculture-dominated landscapes and patterns off climate. The simple aim of the Heronries Census is to collect counts of 'apparently occupied nests' (aon) of herons, egrets and other colonial waterbirds from as many heronries as possible each year.
Many heronries hold a dozen or more nesting pairs, even a hundred or more, and occupy traditional, well-known sites that are active for many decades. Smaller and shorter-lived heronries must also be included in the counts, however, to ensure that the data represent the whole population. Even single nests of any of the normally colonial heron or egret species are relevant to the Heronries Census, even if only occupied for one season.
Changes in the numbers of nests over time are a clear measure of population trends. The more heronries that can be counted each year, the more certain we can be of population trends at national, regional and local scales.
Some of the traditional Heronries in Ernakulam District have been identified. But many more remain undiscovered.Therefore we need to make an all out effort to locate and identify as much as Heronries and we need as many volunteers to help us in this effort.
So please come to Mangalavanam on Saturday 11th May 2019 for a detailed discussion and planning.
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Thursday, April 11, 2019
In this time of severe, all around loss of biodiversity and the climate change, it is imperative that we try to preserve whatever habitat and , life birds such as waterbirds and herons who provide enormous ecosystem services to the community.
With an aim to do something in this direction we intend to conduct the survey of Heronries in Ernakulam district this year onward.
Towards this end a preliminary meeting is proposed to be held at 5 pm, at Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary (behind Kerala Highcourt) on Satureday 13th April 2019.
All nature enthusiasts and in fact anybody with interest and are willing willing to volunteer for this survey are ivited to participate in the meeting wherein more information and rationale will be shared and the strategy to achieve this objective will be discussed.
Click here for the Report in New Indian Express