The city of Kochi, where house sparrows were abundant, is losing its sparrow population at an alarming rate. House sparrows are considered as an indicator species of sound and healthy environment. The study results of sparrow population survey conducted by TIES in association with World House Sparrow Day indicate a drastic declination in the population of house sparrows. In Cochin City, house sparrows inhabit at Marine Drive and Broadway Market. This year’s survey indicates 350 sparrows in Broadway market and less than 150 in Marine Drive. While there were 740 house sparrows in 2012 at Kottayam city, it has shrunk to 150 this year. In 2012, there were 10 sites sparrows colonized in; whereas sparrows exist in only five among them.
Alarmingly smal...Posted by TIES / Posted on Mar , 21 2017
The survey of house sparrows held in connection with the World House Sparrow Day has registered a steep drop in the sparrow population in Kottayam and Ernakulam city areas. Dr Punnen Kurian Venkadath, secretary of the Tropical Institute of Ecological Sciences (TIES), here which conducted the survey, said that the findings are so alarming that at this rate the sparrow population could vanish from these areas where they had a thriving population earlier.
In Kottayam the number which stood at 740 during the first edition of the survey in 2012, has come down to 150 in the current edition. Likewise the sparrows were found in nearly 10 areas within the town in 2012. “During the sixth edition it has come down to just five” said Dr Kurian. In fact the d...Posted by Hindu / Posted on Mar , 19 2017
A new meeting cum exhibition hall built at the TIES campus using the sustainable architecture philosophies is gaining more public attention. The grove that is built inside a bamboo grove and has a seating capacity of 100 people. Also, it boasts an open air theater type seating facility, natural air conditioning and a biological specimen exhibition unit. COSTFORD, a green architectural firm, has turned this eco-friendly idea of Dr Punnen Kurian , Director of TIES, into reality.... Posted by Malayala Manorama / Posted on Feb , 16 2017
Tropical Institute of Ecological Sciences is offering a training program Statistical Analysis Using SPSS. This specialized program is designed to equip students, researchers and scientists for using sophisticated statistical tools for design, collection, analysis and interpretation of data. The 3-day training program include lecture on statistical concepts, demonstration of statistical analysis using SPSS, practical exercises to familiarize with SPSS. Also, all participants are offered expert advises for statistical analysis for their individual research project design and data analysis.
When: 17-19 February, 2017
Where: TIES Campus, Velloor... Posted by TIES / Posted on Jan , 13 2017
A mushroom farming training was conducted at TIES on November 12, 2016. In the training, the participants were taught the technique of cultivating mushroom using the common facilities within the homestead. The training program included various sessions like lecture conducted by experts, demonstration of mushroom farming and laboratory training on mushroom spawn production. The participants were given the opportunity to visit the model mushroom farm at TIES.... Posted by TIES / Posted on Nov , 14 2016