In co-ordination with Tamil Nadu Forest Department, Arulagam organized Synchronized Vulture Survey in Nilgiri North Forest Division and Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve on 21st, 22nd & 23rd Feb'14.
About 30 bird watchers volunteered their time and participated in the survey, The synchronized survey was carried out using Vantage Point survey method. Eleven Vantage Points were selected in Sathamangalam Tiger Reserve and nine in Nilgiri North Forest Division for this purpose. The occurrence of the vultures in different habitats were recorded. The habitats surveyed included dry deciduous forest, moist deciduous forest, thorn forest, savannah forest and mixed deciduous forest (Champion and Seth, 1968). Prey species encounter rate and carcass availability were carried out using line transect method. Anthropogenic pressures in vulture habitat were also recorded.
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