Staff Reporter

Coimbatore: Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology & Natural History (SACON) will conduct Salim Ali Trophy Nature Competitions 2007 on October 7 at GD Matriculation Higher Secondary School, near Collectorate.

There would be competitions on elocution, essay writing, poem writing, story writing, quiz, bird watching, and model making, said a release from Nature Education Officer of SACON, P. Pramod. Topics for the contest for all the competitions would be on nature and environment related themes.

Topics would be released only on the day of competitions. About 2,500 students from various schools in Coimbatore are expected to participate this year.

G.D. Mat. Hr. Sec. School is the defending champion for this year. Kadri Mills Higher Secondary School, Ondipudur, SBOA Matriculation Higher Secondary School (for four years consecutively), G K D Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Periyanaickenpalayam, and GRG Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Peelamedu, were the former champions.

Along with the SACON scientists and research scholars, members of Salim Ali Naturalist Forum and members of NGOs like Osai, Outreach Foundation and bird watchers and nature lovers of Coimbatore would take part in the event.

Wild Life Week

These competitions were being conducted as part of SACON’s Wild Life Week celebrations 2007. Prize distribution would be conducted on November 12 on SACON campus, Anaikatty, on the occasion of the 111th birth anniversary celebrations of Salim Ali.

The competitions would start at 9.00 a.m. and would be over by 4.00 p.m. P.A. Azeez, Director of SACON, would inaugurate the events by declaring the topics of contests. For further details, SACON could be contacted at 91 422 2657103.