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Chat on "Coastal Wildlife" dated April 18, 2006

    Susan Welcome all! Our chat today is on "Coastal Wildlife"

    Arpit hello susan

    Arpit Susan Are you There?

    Jayanth :) Arpit I doubt if dr. Susan is around.

    Jayanth We might have to wait.

    Arpit hi jayanth

    Arpit ok no problem

    Jayanth :) Thats an automated message, I reckon.

    Arpit ok Jayanth so whats up man? how are things?

    Arpit quite well

    Jayanth Any recent trips?

    Susan Hi all I am here

    Jayanth Good evening!

    Susan Goodevening jayanth & arpit

    Susan Arpit, go ahead and tell us all about wildlife in coastal areas

    Arpit hi Sorry for being a bit late

    Arpit i was away from pc

    Jayanth never mind arpit..go ahead

    Arpit coastal wildife can be divided in two categories

     Arpit one is aquatic other is mainland

    Jayanth ok

    Susan This month's ezine had a report by Chaitanya about his trip to a coastal area-with some pics. I realized how ignorant I am of all those little animals

    Arpit aquatic category will have coastal wetlands, marshes, mudflats,

    Arpit yes i had seen his article/report of his visit to pirotan island

    Arpit so what i should focus on , i mean which subject or topic

    Susan Let us take aquatic

    Arpit great

    Arpit Aquatic life on coastal area as i said earlier can further divide in to 2 distinct category

    Susan jayanth-the chat is pretty slow Hope you have not got bored and left!

    Jayanth :) not really, I am a patient wild animal

    Arpit one is near mainland on the shore

    Arpit and other is in the sea side

    Arpit now coastal wetlands are very much important refuge for migratory birds like waders

    Arpit they refill their energy from the coastal wetlands before starting ahead...

     Jayanth Arpit, can you elaborate on what a mainland is? because I thought the mainland also has a shore

    Arpit jayanth mainland is near sea side but towards mainland

    Arpit but take an example of a marshy wetland which is on the coast but joined with the sea by a small creek

    Arpit i'm currentlly monitoring coastal wetlands across jamnagar dist in guj since last 5 years

    Arpit and found man made habitat like salpans for salt production caters huge population of migratory waterfowl

    Arpit so planning to carry out thorough study on this man made wetland along the shore line

    Susan Monitoring for wildlife?

    Arpit montiroing for avian population pattern and their assemblage on the saltpans

    Susan That sounds interesting-tell us more about your work

    Arpit with respect to 5-6 other parameters like food chain, weather, water quality etc and their spatial assemblage

    Arpit it's basically point count and spatial pattern and analysis

    Arpit but i 'm also monitoring water quality parameters , their habits, food chain, micro and macro marine fauna

    Arpit 'coz after analzing my last years data jamangar is the first district in gujarat who host maximum number of migratory waterfowls.

    Arpit And majority of them found along the coastal wetland and saltpans

    Arpit But detailed study is required for such man made eco system

    Arpit Saltpans have very interesting life cycle, they have fresh saline water 3-4 months in a year

    Arpit and after water gets too much saline and start producing salt by means of evaporation of water

    Jayanth hmm

    Arpit so it's host the waterfowl for 3-6 months depends on the local conditions

    Arpit many other macro and micro fauna also occurs in the saltpans

    Arpit like prawns, flat fish, shrimps, lobster, palnktons like zoopalnktons, phytoplanktons

    Arpit they are the major source of food for waterfowl

    Akshay Is the wetland of sunderbans in any way simlar to Jamnagar? or completely different?

    Arpit this area is also quite undistrubed as the production of salt is in most of summer days

    Jayanth good question! I remember the Tigers of Sunderban are used to salt water consumption.

    Arpit no akshay, sunderbans is having mangrove marsh or swamp

    Arpit while majority of jamnagar's coastal wetlands are saltpans, and other lakes

    Arpit there is also a mangrove area but is structurally different than that of sunderbans

    Arpit Sunderbans has more creeks and river joining in to sea

    Jayanth okay fine, Arpit - are there any threats to life around these places? Any common diseases that cause harm to a lot of birds?

     Susan Is Sunderbans less salty?

    Arpit Avian diseases are a quite dangerous matter as it's highly pathogenic in nature

    Akshay yes, Susan, in fact I beleive Sunderban is actually 'sugary' on account of the Bengalis and their mishti

    Arpit A Population can easily be destroyed if they got any diseases like Avian flue etc.

    Arpit As normally waterfowl lives in a small group or they travel/ migrate in large flocks

    Jayanth I see

    Arpit yes susan salinity in the sunderbans is less than that of other areas

     Arpit so chance of infections to be spread are always higher

    Susan That explains why birds donot flock to Sunderbans

    Arpit And in wilderness areas this kind of incidents are not much reported as this area are not frequently visited

    Arpit No susan i don't think so

    Arpit This difference is due to species diversity and their migratory route

    Jayanth okay..Arpit what are some species that visit such places?

    Arpit which area

    Jayanth the areas your are monitoring ofcourse!

    Susan Tell us the regular bird visitors to Jamnagar

    Arpit ok

    Arpit this year we got first ever sightings of great knot in the jamnagar region

     Arpit there is a breeding colony of caspian tern and slender bill gull in this area which was discovered by us 3 years back

    Jayanth I need to interrupt, I am getting in to a call and will be back in 20 mins. If you are finished I'll catch up with the things. Please go ahead and sorry for leaving in the middle.

    Arpit ok jayanth bye

    Jayanth Thanks a ton Arpit, Dr. Susan and Akshay.

    Akshay thank you Jayanth

    Susan Thanks Jayanth

    Arpit red-necked phalarope, red pahalarope

    Arpit and chifely waders

    Arpit in flocks of thousands

    Arpit black necked grebe

    Susan All the names are unfamiliar They are all migratory I suppose

    Akshay are these birds stork likes in terms of do they usually have long legs?

    Arpit yes normally all waders have long legs with repect to their body size

    Susan Arpit, can you name a site where we can see pics of some these birds now?

    Susan Seeing them now will help us remember better

    Arpit Wader SIZE varies greatly from the tiny little Stint which weighs only 30 grams to the hefty 1.3 kg Curlew



    Arpit One more imporatant visitor is Crab plover which is found in thousands of numbers in some islands in gulf of kutch


    Susan Stone curlews are found in river marshlands too

    Arpit yes susan

    Susan The site you mentioned is very informative

    Arpit thanks susan

    Akshay thanks everyone, it was educational. I shall be signing off now...see u all later

    Arpit ok

    akshay bye Arpit and thanks

    Susan Yes, I think we have had enough info for one day. Thanks a lot Akshay and Arpit

    Arpit thanks susan

    Susan Arpit it was great having you. Thanks

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