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National Nature Camping Programme at SACON

SACON has conducted first National Nature Camping Programme for this year (2017) between 1st and 3rd February 2017. This residential Nature camp is a programme supported by Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, Govt. of India.  Thirty children from Helix Open School, Salem, Tamil Nadu, (which is working for the support of children with dyslexia) along with their teachers participated in the camp.   Scientists and research scholars of SACON interacted with the children all three days. We conducted many activity based programme to introduce the concepts of nature to  the children  such as camouflage and mimicry in nature, identification of indirect and direct signs of wildlife in forests, communication among animals through scent and sounds in nature and the importance of biodiversity.  Most of the teaching was through various games and activities. The programme was planned to develop their observation skills, curiosity and to engage them with nature and natural elements.  The participants were taken on nature walks at dawn and dusk every day and they enjoyed learning to watch and identify birds and butterflies.  During the camp, participants expressed understanding they got on environment through their creativity in drawing and skits.  It is planned that the first two nature camps are targeted for special children and the rest three camps will be conducted for the children from two aided schools in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, during February 2017.

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Inauguration of ‘Conservation Genetics Laboratory’ at SACON by Dr. Amita Prasad, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India

Dr. Amita Prasad, Additional Secretary, MoEFCC, Government of India visited SACON on 27th January 2017. She was welcomed to SACON by the Director, Faculty and Staff of SACON and presented with a bouquet by Dr. Shomita Mukherjee. After a brief introduction of Faculty and Sectional Heads, Dr. K. Sankar, Director made a presentation on the activities of SACON. Following this, Dr. Amita Prasad inaugurated the `Conservation Genetics Laboratory’ at SACON and Dr. Shomita Mukherjee showed the facilities within the Laboratory. A short discussion on the future prospects of training and research through the Conservation Genetics Laboratory were discussed. This was followed by a visit to the Ecotoxicology Laboratory where Dr. Muralidharan explained the importance of the research and training conducted here and its contribution towards conservation issues.

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Republic Day Celebrations – 2017

Sixty eighth Republic Day of India was celebrated on 26th January 2017 at SACON with aplomb. Dr. K. Sankar, Director, SACON hoisted the flag and delivered the Republic Day speech. He exhorted the faculty and staff of SACON to strive to uphold the ideals of the constitution by working towards achieving the goal of environmental conservation.  Volleyball matches and tug of war competitions were conducted among the Faculty, Administrative Staff and Research Scholars of SACON as part of the celebrations.

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A report on the Activity “Digital Payment” for Commemoration of National Youth Day-2017, conducted at

Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu  on 12th January, 2017

SACON conducted an activity to mobilize youth group in and around Anaikatty Hills, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, on “Digital Payments” on 12.01.2017 at 2 PM at our campus. In Total around 40 participants attended the said event. Central Bank of India, Nanjundapuram branch, Coimbatore officials were invited to give training on Digital Payment system available in India.

At the outset a brief introduction was given by Dr. K Sankar, Director, SACON on the origination of the Activity. The Director SACON informed that the Activity was actually proposed in a Review meeting of Youth Organization Chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister during April 2016. Further The Central Bank’s Assistant Manager Ms. Priya N, made a detailed presentation on available digital payment mode,  the importance of holding bank account in present system and also about the available Digital Payment systems like Debit Card, Prepaid Card, Mobile Banking, E- Wallet, Mobile Apps like UPI, BHIM and other applications available with various banks. She also demonstrated how the Central Bank App called “Cent UPI” operates in a smart phone and how payment can be made through the App. The officials advised all the participants to reduce hard cash transaction and to shift to digital payment system. The training programme ended with an interaction session between the participants and bank officials, which was followed by vote of thanks by Director, SACON.

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Workshop on ‘Ecology and Conservation of Andaman & Nicobar Biodiversity’   

in Port Blair, Andaman (24th & 25th November 2016)

Andaman & Nicobar Islands are known for its extraordinary geological features, exceptional range of rich biodiversity, endemic flora and fauna, threatened species and species which are restricted to these islands. SACON is one of the Indian scientific institutions to work in Andaman and Nicobar Islands with a special focus on this unique island for the past 20 years.

 As part of Silver Jubilee Celebrations, SACON  organized a two-day workshop on ‘Ecology and Conservation of Andaman & Nicobar Biodiversity’  in Port Blair on 24th and 25th November 2016. The workshop deliberated upon various aspects of ecology and conservation of A&N biodiversity. SACON has invited researchers / scientists from all over the country who have worked or have been working on A&N biodiversity to this workshop and they shared the rich experience of their valuable research work.

The programme conducted in the auditorium of Regional Medical Research Centre, Indian Council of Research, Dolly Gunj, Port Blair. Dr. Alok Saxena, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Andaman Nicobar Islands has lauded the positive role SACON played in conservation of Andaman Nicobar Ecology while inaugurating the workshop. Shri. M. S. Negi, Chief Wildlife Warden and PCCF of A& N islands, Guest of Honour, has pointed out many SACON projects and highlighted the importance in natural resource conservation of Islands and invited all scientists to take proactive role. While Dr. K.Sankar, Director of SACON welcomed the gathering and delivered a talk on “Research activities and accomplishments (1990-2016) in Andaman & Nicobar Islands by SACON”, Dr. Vijayachari, Director, Regional Medical Research Centre gave the felicitation address.

During the inaugural session of the workshop SACON released two publications namely,

  1. Social organization, behaviour and phylogeography of Macaca fascicularis umbrosa on the Nicobar Islands, India.
  2. A Compendium on SACON’s research work in Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Total of 18 papers were presented in four technical sessions [viz 1) Conservation and Management of Forests and Wildlife in A&N Islands, 2) Conservation of Birds in the A&N Islands 3) Coastal and Marine Ecosystems and 4) Conservation Education] by scientists from SACON and nine other organizations, NGOs and attended by over 100 deligates and participants.. The workshop discussed a wide range of wildlife and conservation issues related to A& N islands. After the technical sessions a discussion meeting of participants highlighted the major research gaps and conservation and education issues in the islands. Director, SACON informed that he will send the minutes of the meeting as recommendation of the workshop to forest officials of A & N islands.

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Salim Ali Rolling Trophy for Nature Awareness 2016

 SACON conducted “Salim Ali Rolling Trophy Nature Competitions – 2016” on 20th November 2016 in G D Mat. Hr. Sec. School  Coimbatore. More than 2500 students from 50 schools participated in the competitions. Results of all the competitions will be declared on 7th December 2016.

SACON has been conducting these competitions for more than two decades.  Over this period of time, this event has become very popular in and around schools of Coimbatore and nearby districts. Every year two to three thousand students from 50-80 schools participate in various categories of competitions such as Elocution, Essay writing, poetry writing, story writing (both in English and Tamil), painting and pencil drawing and nature quiz. One unique competition in this event is the bird watching or spot the bird contest to identify the young bird watcher of the year. Uniqueness of all these competitions is that the topics will be given only on the spot, to test the spontaneity, the real knowledge and skill of the student as opposed to the trained / or prepared competitions. First three positions in each of the competition will fetch points for the school and the school with highest point will become the Champion of the year and the rightful owner of the Rolling Trophy for the next one year. The following schools have crowned the position of champion in the previous years.

  1. Chinmaya Vidyalaya Mat. Hr. Sec. School, Coimbatore
  2. R.G. Mat. Hr. Sec. Peelamedu, Coimbatore
  3. K.D. Mat. Hr. Sec. School, Peiyanaikeen Palayam, Coimbatore
  4. B.O.A. Mat. Hr. Sec. School Coimbatore (4 Years)
  5. Kadri Mills Hr. Sec. School, Ondiputhur
  6. D. Mat. Hr. Sec. School ( 6 years in two series)
  7. Kongu Vellalar Mat. Hr. Sec.School, Karumathampatti (3 Years).

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Inauguration of water hole for wild elephants

Shri K. Chandra Prakash, Senior Regional Manager, Central Bank of India, Coimbatore inaugurated a ‘Water Hole’ constructed exclusively for wild elephants on the SACON campus on 18th November 2016. The present water hole, sponsored by Central Bank of India, is the third one on the campus for providing water for wild elephants.

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Workshop cum seminar on the ‘Significance and Conservation of Traditional Rice Varieties’ on 5 September 2016

A workshop cum seminar  on the ‘Significance and Conservation of Traditional Rice Varieties’ was  held on 5 September 2016 at Abhayam, Koppam,  Pattambi, Palakkad, Kerala  on 5th September 2016 which was jointly organized by SACON and ‘Abhayam’,  an NGO committed to organic farming and conservation of the traditional rice varieties.

Shri. V.S. Sunilkumar, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture, Govt. of Kerala inaugurated the programme in a function presided over by Shri. Mohammed Muhsin, MLA, Pattambi. The message by Dr. K. Sankar, Director, and SACON was read by Dr.R.Jayapal, Principal Scientist, SACON. Faculty of Kerala Agricultural University, Senior Officials of Dept. of Agriculture, Govt. of Kerala, representative of NGO’s and  farmers involved in the conservation of traditional rice varieties from different parts of Kerala and representative of Local Self Government Bodies participated in the event.

In the morning session Dr. Mathew K. Sebastian presented an overview of the status of the cultivation of traditional varieties in south India with special reference to Western Ghats. Few of the participants who are prominent in the cultivation and conservation of traditional rice varieties shared their experiences.  Faculty of Kerala Agricultural University viz. Prof. M.C. Narayanankutty, Prof. C.R. Elsy and Prof. Israel Thomas, and  Dr. Shaji James and Dr. P.V. Karunakaran and Dr. P.R. Arun Principal Scientists, SACON delivered talks on different aspects of the conservation of traditional rice varieties.

In the afternoon session group discussions were held on the following topics:

  1. Problems faced by the cultivators of traditional rice varieties and remedial measures
  2. Issues related with the ownership of traditional rice varieties
  3. Conservation of traditional rice varieties
  4. Marketing of traditional rice varieties

Results of the group discussions were consolidated and presented in the concluding session.

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Training Workshop on MobileGIS

A training workshop on MobileGIS was conducted on Thursday 14 July 2016 in the Board Room of SACON. The workshop was attended by 7 faculty members and 17 PhD scholars/Interns/Research Fellows. The participants were welcomed by Dr. P.V. Karunakaran, Principle Scientist and coordinator of training workshop and Dr. K. Sankar, Director, SACON made brief introductory remarks. The workshop focussed on two mobile applications, EpiCollect and OsmAnd, the former one for collecting geotagged field data while the second one helps in digitising the transect or area covered during the field work. The workshop started with a presentation on introduction to MobileGIS and EpiCollect and proceeded through giving hands on training in developing ‘PROJECT’ and ‘DATA COLLECTION FORMS’. Later the participants developed separate ‘PROJECT’ and ‘DATA COLLECTION FORMS’ for conducting the field work in SACON Campus. Two formats were prepared, viz., (i) on birds and (ii) trees. The participants spent almost an hour in the field and collected data pertaining to birds and trees of the campus. Later they uploaded (synchronised) the data, projected and saved as vector model (point) format usingqGIStools. A session on OsmAnd, another GPS based applicationwas conducted in the afternoon which enabled the user to digitise the field tracks or area covered during the field study. A demonstration was also with mobile handset. The workshop was concluded with feed-back from participants.

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BIOSTATISTICS COURSE

 (8th to 10th & 13 to 14th June 2016)

A module on `Biostatistics’ was conducted for the research personnel and Ph.D. scholars between 8th and 14th June 2016 at SACON. In total, 34 research personnel/Ph.D. scholars, interns and faculty members attended the course. The major objective of the course was to expose the research personnel to the principles and assumptions of basic and advanced statistics used in the field of ecology and conservation biology. Dr. K. Thiyagesan, Former Principal of A.V.C. College, Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu conducted the said course. First three days (8 -10th June, 2016) were devoted for learning various sampling methods and its design and uni-variate Statistics (parametric and non-parametric) using SPSS package. Last two days (13-14th June, 2016) were spent on learning about advanced statistics such as ordination techniques, regression models and reliability analysis. Students and scholars were also given the opportunity to discuss with Dr. K. Thiyagesan regarding the data analysis pertaining to their respective projects in the evening hours. On the concluding day, Dr. Thiyagesan distributed the course certificates to all participants.

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29th Meeting of the Research, Monitoring and Advisory Committee (RMAC)

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Annual Research Seminar 2016.

SACON’s Annual Research Seminar (ARS) was conducted on the 25rd of May 2016 at the Conference Hall of the Tamil Nadu Forest Academy (TNFA), Forest Campus, R.S. Puram, Coimbatore.   Ms. Sharada Balasubramanian compèred the event. Dr. Shomita Mukherjee, Principal Scientist, SACON, welcomed the Chief Guest Dr. N. Krishnakumar, IFS, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Head of the Forest Force of Tamil Nadu, the Chair of the ARS, Dr. Ramakrishna, Director (Retd), Zoological Survey of India and Chairman of the SACON Research Monitoring and Advisory Committee (RMAC),other dignitaries, SACON Alumni, SACON Faculty, students and scientists and individuals from various other organisations who attended the event.  SACON Director, Dr. K. Sankar presented the Opening Remarks after which Dr.Krishnakumar delivered the Inaugural Address and Dr. Rajiv Shrivastava, IFS, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Director, TNFA, delivered the Special Address. This was followed by the release of SACON publications by dignitaries and included four technical reports, two current newsletters and six posters and a documentary video. The releases were as follows:

Technical reports:

  1. Impact of Hara Wind Power Project on Wildlife including Migratory birds and Raptors at Harapanahalli, Davangere, Karnataka released by D Rajiv Srivastava.
  2. Assessment of conflicts between peafowl and farmers in Coimbatore, released by Shri Raghuram Singh, Addl. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Tamil Nadu.
  3. Population status of Rhesus Macaque (Macaca mulatta) in Himachal Pradesh, India, released by Dr.Prasanth, Director, Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, Coimbatore.
  4. National Nature Camping Programme at SACON, released by V.S. Vijayan, Founder Director, SACON.

Newsletters:

  1. SACON NEWS, released by Ramakrishna.
  2. SAROVAR SAURAB released by Dr. S.N. Prasad,former faculty, SACON

Posters:

  1. Poster on Impacts of Wind turbines; A comparison of case studies from Gujarat & Karnataka, released by Dr.Lalitha Vijayan, former faculty, SACON.
  2. Poster on Owls of Andaman Islands, released by Ravichandran, Chief Conservator of Forests, Andaman and Nicobar islands.
  3. Four species posters released by Raghuram Singh:
    1. Lesser Flamingo
    2. Smooth Coated Otter
    3. Greater Adjutant Stork
    4. Edible Nest Swiftlet

Video CD:

  1. “A Day in Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve: A Lifescape to Experience”, released by Dr. A.J.T. Johnsingh Dean(Retd.), Wildlife Institute of India.

 

The video was screened for the gathering. Following this, Dr.Sankar introduced Dr. Sushil Kumar Dutta who delivered the Dr. Bhupathy Memorial Lecture. Dr. Dutta is a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and member of the RMAC, SACON. His talk addressed current trends in taxonomy of amphibians in the Indian Sub-continent. After the inaugural session there was a Group Photography session and tea followed by the Technical Sessions of the Seminar. There were a total of 14 presentations in four thematic sessions, Ecological Studies, Ecological Studies-Islands, Conservation Studies and Environmental Impacts and Monitoring. Three presentations were made by SACON Faculty and 11 by researchers. Each session was presided over by a panel consisting of a Chair and two Co-chairs. The student presentations were graded by a panel of judges who were members of the RMAC.

The Director, SACON invited some dignitaries to share their opinions and remarks on the ARS in the Concluding Session. Dr. Y.V. Jhala, Scientist-G, Wildlife Institute of India, commented on the high quality of the presentations and congratulated SACON on the wide range of topics studied. He advised researchers to understand the statistical tests they utilise in their analysis and explain these in a simple manner in presentations. Dr.Geetha, Professor, University of Delhi & Member, RMAC-SACON expressed her satisfaction with the arrangements and also the high quality of research and presentations. Dr. A.J.T. Johnsingh commended SACON for the quality of research and researchers and urged all at SACON to take up long-term monitoring of the diversity on SACON’s Campus. He also urged researchers to use the invaluable resources in SACON’s library. Dr. Sushil Kumar Dutta lauded SACON for the wide range of research topics and modern analysis used in research and expressed his appreciation on the organisation and arrangements for the seminar. Dr. A. B. Shanbhag, Professor & Head (Retd), Dept. of Zoology, Goa University & Member, RMAC-SACON appreciated the efforts put in by the researchers for their high-quality presentations.

Dr. Mathew K. Sebastian, Principal Scientist, SACON announced the winners of the Photographic Competition that was held alongside the ARS. Students and Faculty of SACON were invited to send in their photographs and a panel of judges viewed the photographs and picked the best ones under specific themes for the awards. There were approximately 250 photographs sent by researchers and 40 by faculty.

The list of winners is provided below.

Faculty

Theme Position Name of the winner
Flora & Fauna 1st place Dr. Arun P.R.
1st Runner Up Dr. Arun P.R.
Field Activities 1st Place Dr. Arun P.R.
1st Runner Up Dr. Rajah Jayapal
Non-theme 1st Place Dr. Balasubramanian P.
1st Runner Up Dr. Balasubramanian P.
2nd Runner Up Dr. Shomita Mukherjee

 

Scholars

Theme Position Name of the winner
Flora & Fauna 1st place Jins J.V.
1st Runner Up 1. Babu Rao

2. Prakash L.

3. Jins J.V.

2nd Runner Up Prakash L.
Field Activities 1st Place 1. Akshaya Mohan Mane

2. SuhirtaMuhil S.

1st Runner Up Babu Rao
2nd Runner Up Akshaya Mohan Mane
Non-theme 1st Place Santhakumar S.B.
1st Runner Up Shivkumari Patel
2nd Runner Up 1. Akshaya Mohan Mane

2. Santhakumar S.B.

Camera Trap 1st Place Aditi Mukherjee
1st Runner Up PrafullChoudhary
2nd Runner Up Aditi Mukherjee
Behaviour 1st Place Prakash L.
1st Runner Up Manikandan P.
2nd Runner Up Jins J.V.

 

Dr.Karunakaran, Principal Scientist, SACON, announced the three best presentations of the ARS and the IARS, that was held on the 23rd of May 2016. The winners of the best presentations for the ARS were:

Name Topic Position
Ms. Madhumita Panigrahi What drives species diversity along an elevational gradient? A case study of reptiles and birds in Agasthiamalai Hills, southern Western Ghats. First
Mr. Pankaj Koparde Phylogenetic affinities and past climate distribution of the Critically Endangered Forest Owlet (Heteroglaux blewitti). Second
Mr. Roy Aditya Ashimkumar Effects of environmental contaminants on the ecology and breeding biology of Gyps vultures in India. Third

 

The three best presentations from the IARS were:

Name Topic Position
Mr. Prafull Choudhary Co-occurrence in the non-Panthera cat community of Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary and Community Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh. First
Mr. Suresh Marimuthu Factors influencing the habitat use of owls in Andaman Islands. Second
Ms. C. Divyapriya Vocalisations of land birds in Anaikatty hills, Tamil Nadu-preliminary results. Third

 

Dr. Ramakrishna delivered the Concluding Remarks and congratulated SACON on the success of the event. He praised SACON for achieving the targets of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) that India is signatory to. He also appreciated SACON’s contribution in conservation especially in the Andaman and Nicobar islands.

The ARS was concluded by the Vote of Thanks conveyed by Dr. P. Balasubramanian, Senior Principal Scientist& Research Coordinator, SACON.

The first Alumni Meeting of SACON students was conducted alongside the ARS. Dr. V.S. Vijayan, Founder Director of SACON presided over the meeting. Approximately fifty former students of SACON met and discussed ways to network and strengthen the Alumni and collaboratively contribute towards the goals of their Alma Mater.

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Alumni Meet

In order to bring together and build up a well-knit alumni network, SACON organized its first Alumni Meet on 25th May 2016 as a part of its Silver jubilee celebrations. In total, 50 Ph.D. scholars who have completed their doctorates from SACON and research personnel who had worked in various research projects at SACON attended the said meet. The event was held in the Conference Room of GIS Building at TNFA Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu on 25th May 2016 with a welcome address by Dr. K. Sankar, Director, SACON. The meet was inaugurated by the founder Director of SACON, Dr. V S Vijayan, who stressed the need for researchers to be socially committed and scientifically sound. The meet was also attended by some of the former faculty members of SACON namely, Dr Lalitha Vijayan, Dr. S. N. Prasad and Dr. N. Sivaganesan.  The participants recounted their nostalgic memories and expressed their willingness to collaborate with SACON in coming years. The nostalgic reconnect with their prestigious ‘alma mater’ was appreciated and well received by the alumni community.  The modalities of taking the SCON Alumni network forward was the major agenda for discussion and responsibilities were assigned to select members of the alumni for starting an `e-newsletter’ and also updating Alumni database. On this occasion SACON also brought out the ‘SACON Alumni Profile’, comprising of 68 individual profile pages and a list of 126 people so far registered with SACON alumni data base. The Alumni meet proceedings ended with vote of thanks by Dr. P.R. Arun, Principal Scientist and Alumni Meet Coordinator. The meet was dovetailed with campus visit to SACON on the following day.

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SACON’s Internal Annual Research Seminar (IARS) was conducted on the 23rd of May 2016 at the Conference Room, GIS Building of the Tamil Nadu Forest Academy (TNFA), Forest Campus, R.S. Puram, Coimbatore. Dr. P.V. Karunakaran welcomed the Chief Guest and Chairman of the IARS, Sh. Qamar Qureshi, Scientist G, Wildlife Institute of India and the gathering. SACON Director, Dr. K. Sankar introduced the IARS after which Sh. Qureshi delivered Opening Remarks.There were a total of 15 presentations in three thematic sessions, Avifauna Habitats, Ecological Studies and Assessment Studies. Three presentations were made by SACON Faculty and 12 by researchers. The event was concluded by the Chairman with a very eloquent speech in which he appreciated the effort put in by the researchers and faculty to make this a very successful occasion. He remarked on the high quality of presentations and the importance of the research done at SACON in the context of current conservation issues. Dr. Goldin Quadros presented the Vote of Thanks.

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Dr. S. Bhupathy Memorial Lecture on “Amphibians of India – Rapidly changing taxonomy and how many species?” by Dr. Sushil Kumar Dutta, Member, RMAC, SACON.

Wednesday, 25 th May 2016  – 1000-1045 hrs

Venue: Conference Hall, Tamil Nadu Forest Academy (TNFA) Forest Campus, R. S. Puram, Coimbatore

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Dr André Dhondt’s visit to SACON during 3-8 May, 2016

Dr. André Dhondt, Director of Bird Population Studies, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Cornell University, USA visited SACON during 3-8 May, 2016. Holding the position of Edwin H. Morgens Professor of Ornithology at Cornell, Dr. Dhondt is a world-renowned avian biologist with varied research interests ranging from bird population studies, avian behavior, evolutionary ecology, conservation biology, and disease ecology of wild birds.

During his stay at SACON, Dr. Dhondt visited different facilities at SACON including the Ecotoxicology Lab, ENVIS Centre, and Library followed by interactions with the faculty members and research scholars. Earlier, a detailed presentation on SACON and its key activities and achievements was made to Dr Dhondt. He, later, participated in a couple of brainstorming sessions convened by the Director, SACON regarding the proposed post-graduate programme in Ornithology & Natural History at SACON, and offered many suggestions and comments over the coursework, curriculum, and other academic matters. The Director, SACON also had detailed discussions with him over possible collaboration between SACON and Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in conducting the proposed MSc programme and in various field research activities of SACON.

Dr. Dhondt delivered two talks at the Centre as part of SACON’s ongoing Silver Jubilee Lecture series; the first talk was on ‘Mycoplasma gallisepticum in House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus: the study of an emerging wildlife disease’ and the second one was on ‘Interspecific competition between Great and Blue Tits’. The talks were well received and were followed by lively discussions with the audience. At the end of the session, Dr. Dhondt donated a copy of his much acclaimed book “Interspecific Competition in Birds” [2012, Oxford Avian Biology Series, Oxford University Press, UK, pp.282] to SACON Library. He was also honoured by SACON with a memento of a bird painting, which was one     of the prize-winning entries in the Sálim Ali Nature Trophy Competitions conducted by SACON every year among the school children in Coimbatore.

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Dr. Dhondt also visited Silent Valley National Park, Kerala for the last two days of his programme, after which he left SACON on 8 May 2016.

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Internal Annual Research Seminar on Monday, 23rd May, 2016
Annual Reserach Seminar on Wednesday, 25th May 2016
SACON Alumni Meet on Wednesday, 25th May 2016

Thursday, 26th May 2016

 1000 – 1300 hrs         Meeting of the Research Monitoring & Advisory Committee (RMAC)

(Venue: Board Room, SACON – RMAC Members only)

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Sálim Ali Trophy Nature Competition Awards 2015-16

            Sálim Ali Trophy Nature Competitions 2015-16 prize distribution ceremony was held at Champion Hall, Central Academy of State Forest Servces, Forest College Campus, R. S. Puram, Coimbatore on Sunday, 20th March 2016 at 10:00 AM. Dr. K. Sankar, Director, SACON presided over the function and Dr. P. Pramod, Principal Scientist, presented the background information and report of the Sálim Ali Trophy Nature Competitions. Dr. K. Ravichandran, IFS, Conservator of Forests, A&N Islands, the Chief Guest, gave away the prizes and trophies to the winners. In total, 120 students from 17 schools received the prizes. Kongu Vellalar Mat. Hr. Sec School, Karumathampatti won the overall Champions Trophy and honoured with the Sálim Ali Trophy for the Sálim Ali Trophy Nature Competitions 2015-16. Bharathi Mat. Hr. Sec. School, Thadagam Road, Coimbatore received the first runner-up title, whereas G.D. Mat. Hr. Sec School, Coimbatore received the second runner-up title. http://www.saconeducation.org/

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Inauguration of Silver Jubilee Celebrations of SACON by Shri. Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India.

Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON) was inaugurated on 28 January 2016 in a function conducted at SACON campus, Anaikatty, Coimbatore by Shri. Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India. The function was presided over by Shri. Ashok Lavasa, IAS, Secretary to the Government, MoEF & CC. Shri. P.K.Das, IAS, Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor, MoEF & CC and Ms. Manju P Pillai, IPoS, , Post Master General, Western Region, Tamil Nadu graced the occasion by their presence and also offered felicitations. Dr. A.B. Harappanahalli, Advisor, MoEF &CC offered the vote of thanks.

A special postal cover was released to commemorate the silver jubilee of SACON. Two books entitled ‘‘Flowering plants of SACON campus in the Anaikatty hills, Western Ghats’ authored by P. Balasubramanian, L. Prakash & C. Anbarasu and ‘Glimpses to the biodiversity of Ramsar sites in India by Goldin Quadros, B. Hemambika, A. Julffia Begam, A. Srinivasan and P. A. Azeez were also released.

The function was attended by several dignitaries such as Senior Forest Department Officials, Scientists from different research organizations, nature lovers and alumni of SACON.

Javadekar  Ashok Lavasa  View of Audience

Release of special Postal Cover  Felicitation by Ms.Manju S PIllai, Post Master General, Western Region, Tamilnadu  Vote of Thanks by Dr.A.B. Harappanahalli, Advisor MoEF&CC

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Flowering plants of SACON campus in the Anaikatty hills, Western Ghats.

Authors : Balasubramanian, P., Manikandan, P., Prakash, L. and Anbarasu, C.

220 pages, 402 photos with descriptions

Price: Rs.560/-.  20% discount for students on production of student ID

Published by :  Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, Coimbatore.

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