International Flamingo Day: Devoted to protecting the health of ecosystems – Tamil Nadu

Dear Friends,

We are well and hope the same with you, family and associates and thinking of your work and those lacking a voice, proper respect, representation and those who are affected by the pandemic.

Our routine environmental activities came to a standstill but we carry on them through personal e-communication, e-interactions, e-messages and media contacts.

This is a message to our friends on the unique bird Flamingo and the photos are from our files.

IUCN Species Specialist Group has marked April 26 as the International Flamingo Day and through this message we share some thoughts about the wonderful bird. “2020 has often been referred to as a “super year” for biodiversity, with the world coming together in a series of events that will guide our global approach to protecting nature and species in the next decade. Some events might have been postponed, but our fight to halt biodiversity loss will never stop”, according to the IUCN.

Tribal Foundation has been organizing to protect the planet, sensitizing people to the knowledge that the health of ecosystems, wildlife and humans are deeply interlinked – and with a love for wonders like the Flamingo, connecting our hearts to the natural world.

Greater Flamingo visits the Southern tip of India, Cape Comorin. The mediocre climate, the perennial availability of water by the two monsoons, food, safety and security, the strict vigilance and participation in conservation management with us by the local people are positive indicators to the survival of the winged visitors.

Tribal Foundation, Nagercoil, India conducts Flamingo Festival annually to sensitize the people on the need to conserve the avifauna. They are spotted at Puthalam salt pans, Manakudy estuary and Swaminthoppu salt pan. This year our team counted 2,400 birds in February 2020.

Greater Flamingos are a remarkable sight when in flight with their long, thin neck outstretched in front and their long legs outstretched behind them.

Your ardent support and wishes keep us in the fight to save the Greater Flamingos, wetland birds and wetland ecosystem.

With you by our side, we’ll continue serving – at a safe social distance, for now -to defend and preserve nature for future generations.

Source: Photos and message by email courtesy Davidson Sargunam (26 April 2020)

More about the IUCN Species Survival Commission

The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) is a science-based network of more than 10,000 volunteer experts working together in more than 140 Specialist Groups, Red List Authorities and Task Forces. Some groups address conservation issues related to particular groups of plants, fungi or animals while others focus on broader issues such as reintroduction of species into former habitats, climate change, wildlife health and sustainable use and trade.

Flamingo SSC-group:

Source: Directory, IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC)
Date visited: 26 April 2020

West Ghats near Kanyakumari in the Tamil Nadu – Kerala border region
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