Kerala Bird Race 2010 concluded
The 4th edition of the Kerala Bird race was held on 14th November 2010. 130 odd bird watchers and nature enthusiasts in 31 teams from Ernakulam, Kottayam and Thrissur took part actively in the event. This included veteran birdwatchers to VII standard students like Ijas Muhammed and Parvana.
The event was organised in Kochi, by Cochin Natural History Society, a premier conservation organization in central Kerala.
Highlights of the dawn to dusk bird watching event was sighting of Malabar Pied Hornbills, Blue Bearded Bee Eaters and Rufous Bellied Hawk Eagles.
In the valedictory function, prizes to the winners were distributed by Hon. Minister for transport, Adv. Jose Thettayil. The team led by Sandeepdas won first prize (168 species). Bird of the Day prize was won by the team led by Gopal Prasad and Dr. Anudath who sighted a big flock of 16 Malabar Pied Hornbills in Athirappally-Vazhachal area. Dr. B.S. Corrie, Chief Conservator of Forests spoke on project of compensating and encouraging farmers who protect large roosting sites of Cormorants, Egrets and other wetland birds in the State. Dr. N.C. Induchoodan, DFO, spoke on the afforestation and bird conservation project of the Forest Department near CIAL Nedumbassery.Dr.B. Sreekumar,President of Kottayam Nature Society was the Adjudicator of the event. Sri.Sunjoy Monga,Mr. Renu Varghese, Dr. P.O. Nameer,Head Center for Wildlife Studies,KAU also spoke on the occasion .