JANUARY 11, 2019 17:05 IST
UPDATED: JANUARY 11, 2019 17:05 IST
The Great Indian Bird Expedition begins today from the city
“According to The International Union for Conservation of Nature, there are around 93 species of birds that are threatened and 83 of them are from India (including 8 from Andaman and Nicobar islands),” says R Mohammed Saleem. He is the president of Environment Conservation Group (ECG) and a certified National Geographic educator. Mohammed along with three other volunteers of ECG — P.A Azeez, former director of Salim Ali Centre of Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), Dr Ravi Rishi, a physician and wildlife enthusiast and Thillai Makadhan, Photographer— are setting off on a road trip across the country to learn about rare and threatened birds, their habitats and to spread awareness on their conservation. The Great Indian Bird Expedition is sponsored by Map my India, Wulpro, Carl Zeiss, Round Table Coimbatore 31, Force Motors and Twin Birds.
The Great Indian Bird Expedition is a part of ECGs Save Endangered Endemic and Key species (SEEK) campaign to raise awareness on wildlife and environment conservation. “This is our third edition. We will start our journey on January 12 from the State Forest Service College in a Force Cruiser. Our plan is to travel 22,000 km in three months. We do not have a fixed route or schedule as it will make spotting the birds difficult. We hope to cover most of the states in our country,” says Mohammed.