Research and conservation of high altitude shola-grasslands of the WesternGhats

One of the initiatives that we started in this direction is the study on the status of high altitude grasslands of the Western Ghats. This study will benefit the State Forest Departments of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamilnadu to develop management strategies for the grassland ecosystems and restoration program for the grassland regions which are under the threat of invasive exotic plant species.

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Vulture Conservation

The centre has been involved in vulture conservation activities for the past 12 years in collaboration with state forest and wildlife department.The main objective of this programme is to make Wayanad and the neighbouring areas safe for vultures as part of the proposed South Indian Vulture Safe Zone.

What happened to Vultures?
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Bird atlas

Kerala Bird Atlas is a citizen science project to map the distribution and abundance of birds of an entire Indian State for the first time. It is envisaged as a five year project and is expected to give more insights to the abundance of common birds which is largely lacking now. By repeating the process over a period of 25 years or so, it will be possible to scientifically document changes in distribution and abundance of our birds over a period of time.

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Asian Waterbird Census 2020

Asian Waterbird Count is an annual event conducted all over south India for the past 30 years to monitor the global wetland bird population. The event is organised in the month of January every year and in Wayanad, it is coordinated by Hume centre for Ecology and wild life Biology with the support of Social Forestry, Wayanad District.

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Mapping human animal conflict zones in Wayanad

Another important project that we envision is the assessment of wildlife outside the forest areas, their population, behaviour, ecology and conservation. This will help in developing appropriate management practices for their conservation and to reduce human-animal conflicts. Human-wildlife conflicts are on the rise in Wayanad in the recent decade. So this is one of the high priority projects for Hume Centre in the coming years.

Climate Change Impact

Kerala witnessed one of the most devastating floods in the year 2018 and 2019 due to excessive rain fall caused by the series of depressions in Indian Ocean with the onset of monsoon. The impact of rain fall varied across the state with the hilly and mountainous districts facing severe landslides and the low lying areas of Kerala facing massive floods resulting in the loss hundreds of lives, livestock, damage to houses and with many people become landless over night.

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Publications

Tropical Grasslands are shrinking!

M Arasumani, Danish Khan, CK Vishnudas, M Muthukumar, Milind Bunyan, VV Robin 2018. Invasion compounds an ecosystem-wide loss to afforestation in the tropical grasslands of the Shola Sky Islands. Biological Conservation, 230, 141-150

How Biodiversity Rich is Coffee Plantation?

Karthika C. & Vishnudas C. K. 2018. A comparative study of mixed-species bird flocks in shaded coffee plantation and natural forest in Wayanad, Kerala. Indian BIRDS. 14 (4): 97–102

Wayanad is the only place you can see Vultures in Kerala!

Sashikumar, C., Vishnudas, C. K.. 2018. Status of Vultures in Kerala. Securing Vulture Population in Southern India (2018). Edited by Ramakrishnan, B. Proceedings of the workshop conducted from 8th to 10th, January, 2018 at Udhagamandalam, Nilgiris.

Wayanad highly susceptible to land slides !

Vishnudas C.K and Suma T.R . 2019. Resilient Wayanad: A Report on the study of natural disasters of 2018(Abstract). Hume Centre for Ecology and Wildlife Biology. Kalpetta