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TIRUNELVELI: The water bird census recently conducted by the Bangalore-based Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) in select water bodies in Tirunelveli and Tuticorin district has showed the presence of a good number of migratory birds from foreign countries in the irrigation tanks here.
ATREE, involved in an International Union for Conservation of Nature study of wetlands around the Kalakkad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve in the district, conducted the census on a large scale for the first time in Tuticorin and Tirunelveli districts with the objective of preparing a comprehensive document on the presence of water birds in the water bodies as well as in the adjoining wetlands.
Moreover, the census has brought out the significance of the Tamiraparani and its associated canals and tanks as an important habitat for water birds. The two-day water bird census was conducted on January 22 and 23 in as many as 42 tanks in Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts by ATREE- Agasthyamalai Community-based Conservation Centre.
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