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  • Get Ready to Prepare Kottayam Bird Atlas

    Get Ready to Prepare Kottayam Bird Atlas

    Tropical Institute of Ecological Sciences is getting ready to prepare the bird atlas of the district using public participation. The data will be collected on the number of species, the number of migratory species and the species-specific habitat. The population survey will be conducted in two phases; a monsoon survey (from July 15th to September 14th, 2017) and a summer survey (from January 13th to March 13th, 2018). The bird atlas will be prepared in collaboration with nature conservation organizations and public. Those who are interested to take part in this venture please contact us at 9498794305 or 9961471547. 

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    Posted by TIES / Posted on Jun , 19 2017
  • TIES Celebrated World Environment Day through Laya

    TIES Celebrated World Environment Day through Laya

    Nature and music are intimately connected. Humans are not the only acoustical performers on earth; it has been ingrained in our nature for eons.  For instance, the music of song birds has been present in our earth since Cenozoic era, 65 million years ago. The music composition and style takes varying forms in different cultures, nevertheless it is present in all cultures. It suggests that there is a deep human need to create, perform and listen to music. It has a great impact on a person’s mindset and well-being. Therefore, music therapy has been studied to mitigate numerous medical conditions.

    This year’s World Environment Day (WED-June 5th) was centred on the theme “Connecting People to Nature – in the city and on t...

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    Posted by TIES / Posted on Jun , 06 2017
  • Bird Survey at Medical College, Kottayam

    Bird Survey at Medical College, Kottayam

    The bird survey conducted by Junior Naturalists of the Tropical Institute of Ecological Science (TIES) on May 23rd at Government Medical College Kottayam has identified 27 species. Common and Jungle Myna, Rufous Treepie, Black Drongo and White-cheeked Barbet were the most common birds identified in the campus. Despite having a large land area and high canopy cover, the bird diversity was low at the campus. The reasons for this low bird diversity are unknown. The experts inferred that it could be due to a high proportion of exotic tree species like Acacia (Acacia Auriculiformis) in the campus. The survey was conducted by junior naturalists, TIES expert team and MBBS students of Medical College. 

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    Posted by TIES / Posted on May , 26 2017
  • Study Finds Pollution in Water Sources in Kottayam

    Study Finds Pollution in Water Sources in Kottayam

    The majority of drinking water sources in the district were found contaminated and highly unsafe for drinking. The study conducted by the Tropical institute of Ecological Sciences (TIES), an approved research centre of MG University, states that 90.74% of drinking water sources are “critically” polluted.

    The research wing of TIES collected water sample from across the district for the study. Among the 583 samples tested, 529 had the presence of coliform bacteria. In more than half of the 529 samples, over 10 lakh bacteria were found in one milliliter of water, said Dr Punnen Kurian Venkadath, who lead the research team. It was also found that more than 95% of drinking water sources have turned acidic due to the increase in pollution and severity...

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    Posted by Times of India / Posted on May , 06 2017
  • 40 Species of Birds in Kottayam Town

    40 Species of Birds in Kottayam Town

    The first ever bird survey of Kottayam town, conducted by Junior Naturalists of the Tropical Institute of Ecological Science (TIES), has identified 40 species.

    According to Dr Punnen Kurian Venkadath, Secretary, TIES, Common myna, Black drongo, Red whiskered bulbul, and Jungle myna were among the most common birds identified in the town.

    An alarming feature was that birds like Cattle egret, Pond heron and Little egret, considered as aquatic birds, have turned themselves scavengers and are found in large numbers among the heaps of municipal waste, he said.

    Interestingly, the survey found that the town was also home to Vernal hanging parrots and Darters, which are not so common in urban surroundings.

    The bird population is the hi...

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    Posted by The Hindu / Posted on Apr , 26 2017

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