PROGRAMMES

Rain Camps:

Society conducts   rain camps during monsoon season to acquaint people with the life setting in the rain.  Madayipara in Kannur district, Mangarikunnu in Malappuram district and Kakkayam in Kozhikode district are the usual campsites. Each camp accommodates 40-50 participants, anybody   with a quest to experience monsoon and nature. Field visits, slide shows, group interactions etc. are the main features of the  programme.

Turtle Walks:

An opportunity to wildlife enthusiasts as well as students to watch the breeding behaviour of Olive Ridley Turtle along the Malabar coast during September- December..  Camp sites are Thaikadappuram in Kasaragod district,  Muzhappilangad beach in Kannur district, Kolavipalam In Kozhikode district and    Muthiyam beach in Malappuram district .

 
 

Frog Watch:

  A new programme started in the year 2006. During the southwest monsoon , which is the breeding season of the amphibians, we conduct Frog watch at different places like Kakkayam, Madayipara and Wayanad. Night walk with torches, slide talks and interactions with experts in the field are the main events during this programme.

Plant Identification Workshop:

Another major nature education event conducted by the Society. It offers a chance to know and study plants in detail in their natural habitats. Tips and tricks to identify the plants will be delivered by expert botanists during the field sessions.. The major camp sites are Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary, Periya, Wayanad district and Madayipara in Kannur district.

Nature Camps:

Every year residential summer and winter camps for students are held during April-May and December.  Overnight camps are also held throughout the year. These camps focus at on-hand experience for the participants and include a variety of indoor and outdoor activities.
BUTTERFLY STUDY PROGRAMMES:

After the successful publication of the popular photo field guide entitled,  ‘Butterflies of Kerala’, the society has been implementing variety of events in the field of butterfly studies.. The 2nd All India Butterfly Meet (Butterfly India Meet 2005) was hosted by the Society at Aralam WildlifeSanctuary on 14th to17th September 2005. We regularly organize following butterfly conservation programmes among students and butterfly enthusiasts of the State.

 

Butterfly Migration Study:
This event offers the opportunity to witness the marvelous phenomenon of Butterfly Migration in the Western Ghats. This programme is organized every year in January/February at Aralam WLS, which is a base camp for the butterfly   migration study in the State. A network of butterfly enthusiasts tracks the migration of butterflies throughout the Western Ghats.  Four major migration flights were recorded - Mixed Danaine Migration, Emigrant Migration, Lime Butterfly Migration and Albatross Migration.


Breakfast with Butterflies:

A capsule programme for students and butterfly enthusiasts. 30-40 members participate in the programme. Our regular camp sites are Madayipara in Kannur district Thusharagiri and Kakkayam in Kozhikode district. This one-day programme includes slide talk, a short field trip and a quiz on butterflies.

BIRD STUDY PROGRAMMES:

Common Birds Monitoring Programme For Kerala:
MNHS has initiated a Common Birds Monitoring Programme for Kerala (CBMP). The programme involves monitoring the population of 40 species of common birds throughout the state. The participants are volunteers, mainly school children, who have been given training through workshops organized in all the districts of the state. The programme intended to be carried out on a long-term basis so that we can estimate the population trend of a particular species over a period of time. Trend data are valuable and are important in setting species conservation priorities
All interested birdwatchers/institutions are welcome to participate in this monitoring programme. Details can be had from the link: CBMP or contact:

C. Sashikumar
Co-ordinator
CBMP for Kerala
Malabar Natural History Society
Kozhikode
Ph: 0490- 2484481; 09446265516
E-mail: csashikumar@rediffmail.com , csashikumar@gmail.com

Waterbird Monitoring:

Wetlands are important ecosystems having very high priority in biodiversity conservation. Unfortunately, these are extremely endangered in Kerala at present due to various factors.  Waterbirds are considered to be  indicators of the quality of wetlands and waterbird monitoring is, in effect, wetland monitoring itself.  MNHS has undertaken a waterbird monitoring programme for the wetlands of north Kerala. This involves two components viz. waterbird Census and Heronry Census.
Waterbird Census:
MNHS, in association with Kerala Forest & Wildlife Department, has been organising a census on waterbirds in north Kerala since 2006. The census is done in January, with the cooperation of birdwatchers, who are members of MNHS. The first census was done in January 2006 and the second in April 2006 and the third in January 2007. Most of the wetlands of the area north of Purathur (Malappuram district), covering Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, Kasaragod and Wayanad districts were censused. The census has helped to identify the important wetlands of the region where migratory and resident water birds congregate. The report of the Waterbird Census 2006 has been published in Malabar Trogon Vol.3 (4).
Heronry Census:
Heronries are communal nesting places of waterbirds. Not much is known about the breeding of water birds in Kerala, their nesting habitat requirement, and the population dynamics and species composition of the heronries here. Further, most of the heronries under anthropogenic threat also. To gather data on these various facts, a census of the heronries is being organized by MNHS in association with Kerala Forest & Wildlife Department.  The census is to be done during May – October, preferably once in a month. The Heronry Census 2006 was first conducted in July 2006; the report of this census has been published in Malabar Trogon Vol.5 (1).

From 2007 onwards, we are planning to carry out the census through out the state of Kerala so that all the wetlands and heronries could be documented. Birdwatchers who are willing to participate in the above surveys can download the Heronry Census Data Sheet and the Waterbird Census Data Sheet.
 

Outreach Programmes:
To spread the word of nature conservation far and wide, the Society regularly holds thematic audio-visual shows and workshops at the school and college premises. Nature camps and campaigns are also held in different national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Short field trips and walks to different ecosystems like Sacred Groves, Mangrove forests, Estuaries, Seacoasts etc. are also conducted.

Special Events:

 

Environmental Day and Wildlife Weeks are celebrated through activities for students.Seminars and workshops on various subjects like environmental laws, wetland conservation are also conducted. Photo exhibitions on conservation of water resources, animal and plant diversity are other events.