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Barn Owl
Barn Owl

Amritsar, March 25, 2015 (Muniash Sharma): In an effort to enjoin environment with education, especially with the fauna and flora, five students of Delhi Public School along with four teachers participated in a International research based project on world bird count survey organized by Cornell University, Canada.

Out of five students and four teachers, as many as three students and two teachers made it to the top 100 who participated in the survey of birds in Amritsar including DPS teacher Sarvir Singh and Arti Sood along with students Riya joshi, Yuvika Maheshwari and Shruti Aggarwal. The DPS team figured in the top ten city surveyors of birds as acknowledged in the university’s website  page regarding the project where all others names were of foreigners.

“The idea was to involve students in ecology related programs and bird study is an emerging trend in environmental studies.  It was a three day survey. Based upon this survey the population count of birds in the world and scientific data base for status and trend in bird population of particular areas were made. The count was done in school hours at the school premises,” stated the School Principal Sangeeta Singh.

It was concluded and tabled in the website, whose results were declared recently, that ‘Amritsar County’ was home to some 21 species of birds. The survey was simplified with pictures of birds. The participant could tick mark the spotted species and fill in the count of the particular species in the area against the bird picture.

In the list of top 100 surveyors that included all foreigners in the top ten,  who participated for the city of Amritsar, DPS student Riya Joshi  stood third who spotted ‘seven’ Indian Peafowls  which included both peacocks and peahens. Since DPS School is located on the outskirts near fields and green area, peacocks and peahens abound here and were thus sighted. Peafowls are known for the male’s piercing call Peehu. And its extravagant eye-spotted covert feathers which it displays as a courtship ritual and during rains. The female is known as peahen.

Similarly teacher Sarvir Singh stood at 4th position in the list and had spotted ‘six’ Blue throat which is a small bird that was classed as member of thrush family.

Student Yuvika Maheshwari at 7th position, spotted ‘two’ Barn Owls. Barn owls have a heart shaped face with the most sensitive hearing. It screeches and does not hoot. It can fly at night almost silently and can hear the slightest sounds made by rodents hidden in deep vegetation from over three meters height. Barn owl is a limited breeder.

Shruti aggrawal also at position 7th found house sparrows which are speedily diminishing While Arti Sood a teacher at 10th position spotted a myna. Myna is among those uncommon birds that makes varied sounds like croaks, squawks, chirp, clicks, whistles and growls and when singing it fluffs its feathers and bobs its head.

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