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.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More