About 100 families residing along the banks of the 440-acre Nanjarayan tank, situated a bit off Tirupur-Uthukuli Highway, started a good precedence by not bursting crackers during Deepavali.
Reason- they did not want to disturb the habitat of hundreds of migratory birds that flock the area in seasonal spells. Residents said they got this awareness from a group of environmental activists who were constantly keeping a close watch on the birds not only near the tank but also in the peripheral regions.
One such bird-watcher K. Ravindran, who is also the executive member of Natural History Trust, told The Hindu that prior to the festival, we gave away awareness materials on the behavioural patterns of birds and how they react to sounds to the dwellers which in fact was well understood by them.
“Thanks to the positive reaction from the people in the area to our crusade, we have found that migratory birds like Black-Winged Stilt, Garganey and Northern Shoveler- birds from Western Europe, have been enjoying the flora and fauna that are part of the ecosystem in the Nanjarayan tank area even on the day of Deepavali,” he said.
Veterinarians pointed out that too much light and sound emitted by fireworks would upset roosting and daily life cycles of the birds forcing them to shift the bases.