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Approach Road to Butterfly Park to be widened and Re-laid at a cost of Rs 1.7 Crores


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:15 am 
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Six new visitors at Srirangam’s butterfly conservatory

Surveys show that the number of species here has risen to 85

There were six new visitors to the Tropical Butterfly Conservatory in Srirangam recently boasting of exotic names such as ‘African Babul Blue, ‘Peacock Royal’ and ‘Indian Red Flash’.

The winged visitors were recorded at the lush green conservatory during a recent survey conducted by the Forest Department, in association with Butterflies of Tamil Nadu, on June 1 and June 16. The survey teams recorded six new visitors: Large Oak Blue, Painted Lady, Spot Sword Tail, Peacock Royal, Indian Red Flash, African Babul Blue.

A Forest Department official said the African Babul Blue butterfly species was recorded on June 16, while the remaining on June 1.

Periodic surveys are being conducted from March to ascertain the number of species at the conservatory situated between the Cauvery and the Coleroon rivers. The surveys show that the number of butterfly species at the conservatory, established on a sprawling 25-acre reserve forest area, has now risen to 85.

Butterflies are attracted by the suitable green environment at the conservatory, besides a host of nectar plants in different patches, said the official adding that many species had migrated from the nearby reserve forest patches.

The survey will be a continuous exercise and carried out for a year. The butterfly population at the conservatory is likely to increase further if Tiruchi gets good rain, the official felt.

The tropical butterfly conservatory is one-of-its-kind in the State established with the objective of creating awareness among the people on butterflies and their importance. Some of the other species recorded at the conservatory include Lemon Pansy, Blue Pansy, Yellow Pansy, Common Jay, Common Silverline and Common Leopard.

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Butterfly enthusiasts get orientation

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Participants at an orientation on butterflies in Srirangam.

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Butterfly enthusiasts from various places were given an orientation on butterflies, their life cycle and the need for their conservation besides a host of other aspects at a programme here on Friday.

The orientation organised by the Forest Department was held at Tropical Butterfly Conservatory in Srirangam housing different butterfly species.

A group of college students and public numbering 51 keen on knowing about butterflies enthusiastically took part in the orientation.

The event started off with a brief introduction to the participants on butterfly anatomy, identification of butterflies based on families, their characters, species recorded at the conservatory.

The participants were thereafter split into three teams and taken on a field visit inside the lush green conservatory sand-witched between the Cauvery and the Coleroon rivers and established on a 25 acre reserve forest area.

A Forest Department official and members of Butterflies of Tamil Nadu Society accompanied the teams during the hour-long “butterfly walk” in the morning hours.

A department official said the field visit enabled the participants in identifying 35 species of butterflies inside the conservatory established by the Forest Department to create awareness among people on the importance of butterflies and its role in maintaining ecological balance.

This was followed by an interaction among the participants sharing among themselves the butterfly species they had identified during the visit. The official said some participants had even come from far off places like Chennai and Chidambaram.

Later, a presentation was made to the participants inside the amphitheatre at the conservatory on various aspects, including life cycle of butterfly, population of butterfly species in the world, India and in Tamil Nadu, largest and smallest species, threats to butterflies and public initiatives to conserve butterflies, said the official.

Every participant was presented with a certificate for taking part in the orientation which would be conducted on the first day and the 16th day of every month henceforth.
The Forest Department has launched this initiative on the World Environment Day recently.




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Step into the beautiful world of butterflies

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The Forest Department has introduced a programme for butterfly enthusiasts, students and environmentalists to give them an orientation on butterfly species and their life cycle at the sprawling Tropical Butterfly Conservatory at Srirangam.

The programme formally took off on Monday coinciding with the World Environment Day. Forest Department officials said henceforth the day-long programme would be conducted on the first and 16th of every month. Those interested would have to pay Rs. 100 to attend the programme. Certificates would be issued to the participants.

The participants would be taken around the conservatory and told about the methods to identify butterfly species, said an official. They would also be told about the life-cycle of butterflies, their habitat and environment and the ways to conserve the species. In addition to forest department officials, butterfly experts would be roped in to enlighten the participants. Established on a 25-acre reserve forest area situated between the Cauvery and the Coleroon river, the butterfly conservatory at Srirangam is one of its kind in the State.

Over 60 species of butterfly were recorded during a survey conducted a couple of months ago at the lush green conservatory which also has a “Nakshtra Vanam” inside besides an amphitheatre and various tree and plant species to attract butterflies.

Those interested in attending the programme could contact the Forest Ranger of the Butterfly Conservatory in the mobile number: 94425-19469.

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Birds flock to butterfly conservatory

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The vast expanse of green cover in the sprawling Tropical Butterfly Conservatory in Srirangam is also attracting variety of birds in addition to numerous butterfly species. Birds found in dense forests and hillocks have also been sighted in the lush green conservatory which has number of plant species, including nectar plants. Around 30 bird species have been recorded at the conservatory established on a huge reserve forest area sandwiched between the Cauvery and the Coleroon rivers.

A forest Department official said among the bird species recorded were the Blue Winged Parakeet / Malabar Parakeet, Grey Bellied Cuckoo and Black Naped Monarch which are migratory birds. These birds mostly found in dense forest areas have been sighted at the conservatory, said the official. The vast expanse of green cover akin to that of a natural environment could have attracted these birds to the conservatory which has as many as 69 species of butterflies inside, said the official. Other bird species recorded include Rose Ringed Parakeet, White Headed Babler, Peafowl, Peahen, Small Green Bee Eater, Common Hoopoe, Grey Francolin, Red Vented Bulbull, Little Cormorant, Indian Paradise Fly Catcher, White Throated Kingfisher, Spotted Owlet, Koel and Spotted Dove.

The survey conducted on Sunday recorded a total number of 30 bird species.

Established with the objective of conserving butterfly species on a total area of 25 acres, the conservatory has an indoor and an outdoor conservatory with floral patches, a breeding laboratory, an interpretation centre, active and passive humidifiers and a children’s park besides a “Nakshtra Vanam” inside.

The amphitheatre which was set up as an added attraction has drawn nearly 15,000 school students from over 200 schools in Tiruchi and its neighbouring areas since it was thrown open to visitors in November last year, the official said.

With the summer vacation having begun, the Forest Department has planned to organise orientation programme for students on various butterfly species, its behaviour and migration patterns and its self-defence modification.

The programme would also drive home the role the butterflies play in maintaining ecological balance and the need to protect them.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 197281.ece


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