Newsletter - October 2022
We came across a heart touching story of the transfer of a Vulture from Kanyakumari to Jodhpur which we are sharing.
The bird was stranded in Kanyakumari district during an Ockhi cyclone in November 2017. The cyclone caused heavy damage in Sri Lanka, Kanyakumari district, moved to the Arabian sea and proceeded to the Gujarat coast. Over 700 lives were lost in the cyclone mostly in the western coast. It is not very clear how the vulture reached down far south Kanyakumari district where it was rescued.
The vulture was rescued, and proper veterinary care was given by the Kanyakumari Forest Division. The bird was named ‘Ockhi’ and kept in the Udhayagiri biodiversity park. according to Ms.Supriya Sahu, additional chief secretary, Environment, Climate Change and Forests Department.
Cinereous vultures are a long-distance migrant and high-altitude flyers. They are also social animals living in flocks. Hence, in order to ensure its right to life, it was decided to release in its own natural habitat in Rajasthan. Close to the Keru site is the Machia Biological Park (Jodhpur Zoo) where the vulture could be housed for a few days for it to acclimatise. As the Machia Biological Park is located around 2,600 km from Kanniyakumari it was decided to transport the bird by air.
Permission was obtained from the Ministry of Civil Aviation to transport the vulture by air for the first time in the country. Necessary clearance and logistics supports were provided by Air India staff at Chennai, New Delhi and Jodhpur airports. It was transported from Kannyakumari to Vandalur zoo by road on October 30. It was housed in the zoo for three days. On Thursday, it was airlifted to Jodhpur in a special cage designed with proper ventilation.
In Delhi airport, there was a halt of three hours to calm the vulture and reduce the travel stress. The DFO Kanniyakumari, a veterinarian and bird handler provided water to the vulture and interacted with it to make it calm. The bird has also been tagged by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, to enable its tracking after release into the wild, the release said.
Bio-diversity of flora and fauna is one of the verticals of the Green Rameswaram project. Sanatana Dharma believes in “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”. We respect not only human beings, but also consider the entire flora and fauna as our family members. The above story strengthens our belief system.
This month’s newsletter has the following highlights:
- Dr.Sanjay Banerji has started writing on “Financial Accounting” in his blog
- Usual work carried out by Hand in Hand Inclusive Development Services in Solid waste management
- Dr.A.Abirami, Programme Officer of the C.P.R. Environmental Educational Center writes about the herbal plant – Kananashekhara (Elumbotti)
- Livelihood Opportunities covers trainings on (i) Cow waste Value Added products, (ii) Organic fertilizers (iii) Nursery techniques etc.
- Revival and Renovation of Traditional Water Bodies, we have given picture gallery of “Sharabha Teertham”. The complete story will appear in the next month.
- In Social capital - Teertha Poojas, cleaning work, visit of the Chairman of Green Rameswaram Trust and his interaction with stakeholders etc. and finally 'Green Rameswaram newsletter’ by the students and for the students of Rameswaram
With best wishes,Editorial Team
Green Rameswaram Project
Rameswaram - 623526
Ph: 04573 - 222296(office)
Financial Accounting - 1
Solid Waste Management
Door to Door Source Segregation Demo Programme
Everyday door-to-door waste collection and source segregation along with street cleaning were carried out uninterruptedly.
Four Source Segregation Demonstration programmes were organized on 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th of October at Daily Market (Ward No: 15), Varthan Street (Ward No: 13), Rajagopal Nagar (Ward No: 18) and Rameswaram Bus Stand (Ward No: 1).
Herbal Garden (Muligai Vanam)
Distribution and Habitat
Ormocarpum sennoids (Willd.) DC belongs to the family Fabaceae. It is a shrub with glutinous hairy shoots, up to 3m tall. It is distributed throughout tropical and Southern Africa, Madagascar, Southern Asia, Northern Australia and the Islands of the Pacific Ocean.
This month we concentrated more on mobilizing SHG members for the EDII Training programme. Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India from Ahmedabad is partnering Green Rameswaram project for working in Ramanathapuram Aspirational District.
“Revival and Renovation of
Traditional Water Bodies” Sharabha Teertham
It is located near the Sarabeswara Temple inside the Forest area. It is known as two headed Muneeswara God by the locals. Several people celebrate festivals during the tamil month of Aadi and also Maha-shivaratri. The traditional pooja was performed before starting the work. The work started on 29 September 2022 and completed on 22 October 2022. We will carry the detailed story in the next month.
Green Rameswaram Trust
Regular Agni Teertham Samudra Aarati was organised on the full moon day (9th October 2022) by the local community. Approximately 135 members participated.