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When city techies redefined vulture census

When city techies redefined vulture census
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A Vulture Census was undertaken in Panna Tiger Reserve from February 5 to 8 by two Hyderabadis--- Arun Wais Reddy and Kirti Kumar Anumoola. As many as 1,698 vultures were calculated in the census. These include 1,268 local, 289 migratory, 17 Peregrine Falcon and 124 other kinds of vulture.

Two city based techies developed a Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) system to undertake a census of vultures in Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. This system helped track over 1,698 vultures this year compared to 910 found last year

A Vulture Census was undertaken in Panna Tiger Reserve from February 5 to 8 by two Hyderabadis--- Arun Wais Reddy and Kirti Kumar Anumoola. As many as 1,698 vultures were calculated in the census. These include 1,268 local, 289 migratory, 17 Peregrine Falcon and 124 other kinds of vulture.

This time, vulture census was also held for the first time in Udla area of Panna Buffer and Pawai area of South Panna forest division in which 295 vultures were found. During census in the reserve last year, 910 vultures were found including 674 local and 211 migratory ones. Number of local vultures has almost doubled this year. The number of long-billed vultures has also increased from 484 to 1,191 and their 398 live nests have also been found.

Around 68 bird specialists from 12 states participated in the census. This year, 127 applications were received from 13 states of which 68 applicants from 12 states and 12 local guides were selected for the census. They were imparted training at Hinautiya and Dhundhwa.

SOP-based census debuts

Vulture Census is being held in the Panna Tiger Reserve since 2010. Since 2011, this work was being undertaken under the PPP Mode. This year’s census was held through highly-credible Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) system. GPS system was also used to further increase credibility of the census.

At all 28 counting centres under SOP, census was undertaken by prescribing different norms including geographical, local and environmental. Telescopes were also used. Apart from vultures, number of their nests were also counted through SOP system effectively. Arun Wais and Kirti Kumar played an important role in evolving this system.

295 vultures found in Pawai

As many as 295 vultures were found in the census for the first time in the Pawai forest division including 150 local and 141 migratory ones. These included 62 long-billed, 46 white-backed, one Egyptian, 41 red-headed, 69 Eurasian Griffins, 12 Himalayan Griffins, 60 Sinerous and 4 vultures of other specifies.

Of the local vultures found in the census 1,191 were long-billed, 45 white-backed, 12 Egyptian and 20 red-headed ones while among migratory vultures, 139 were Eurasian Griffins, 144 Himalayan Griffins, once Cinerous, 124 others and 17 Peregrine Falcons.

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