Managing wild life resources and increasing their existing population is as important as their conservation, said wildlife biologist M.C. Satyanarayana, in an interactive session with school students here recently. He was delivering a special lecture on ‘Conservation and Management of our National bird' organised by the Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre.
Talking about various threats faced by the blue peafowl, Dr. Satyanarayana said peacocks were mainly killed, not for their feathers as was popularly believed, but due to poisoning by farmers to safeguard paddy fields from the damage the birds bring to the crops. He suggested the use of advanced and affordable technology such as a ‘Reflective Ribbon Mechanical Device' – a tape with glittering lights in fields to scare away the peacocks.
Dr Satyanarayana said the increasing vehicular traffic on highways and constructions in the outskirts of the cities have greatly disrupted the habitat of these birds. “Though many religions and the law itself protect the peafowl, myths about the magical quality of its eggs and meat prompt a lot of people to hunt it down,” he said.
Urging the teachers to be ‘learners' apart from being educators, Dr. Satyanarayana said that a ‘traditional' classroom attitude will not help students develop a scientific bent of mind. “Children should observe the behavioural patterns of animals and birds to make their own discoveries,” he said.