Staff Reporter

Coimbatore: The Conservator of Forests, Coimbatore, P.C. Tyagi, will inaugurate the third Children's Ecology Congress to be held on February 23 (Friday) at the State Forest Service College.

The student members of Salim Ali Nature Club who have conducted the research projects and submitted the reports to Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Nature will present their study on the day.

A release from P. Pramod, Nature Education Officer of the Centre, said that the projects by students included field surveys, observations and experiments. The subjects of projects were related to biodiversity of birds, insects, insect and plant interaction and other environmental issues. Findings of the projects were condensed into small scientific papers and that would be published as the proceedings of the Congress.

The first Congress was conducted in January 2005 wherein 30 projects by children were presented and 25 projects were presented in the second Congress in February 2006. More than 50 projects were received this year. And 26 projects were selected for presentation in the Congress. "Some of the students continued their research in the same topics of last year and presented to us more results and new ideas such as Peacock project of PSGG Kanya Gurukulam Higher Secondary School and Common Rose butterfly project of Kadri Mills Higher Secondary School". Specialty of this year's Children's Ecology Congress is two specific programmes.

First, there would be a symposium on school students' efforts to document people's knowledge on biodiversity. Students' team from five schools that conducted the biodiversity register documentation in five different villages would present their findings. A special attempt of students from Kadri Mills Higher Secondary School and Government High School Devarayapuram was to name the common butterflies in the local language (Tamil). The results, the candidate names, would be presented in the conference; the floor will debate merits and demerits and finalise the names.

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