Mangalore, Sep 19, 2014: The Animal Care Trust (ACT) Mangalore has rescued 26 birds from trees that were felled to facilitate the widening of National Highway 66 near Kundapur in Udupi district, The rescued birds are 25 Pond Herons and one Indian Comorony. All the rescued birds are provided shelter in Animal Care Trust in Mangalore.
In a press release, Trustee Suma Nayak said that the local people had expressed their displeasure at the unscientific way of felling the trees. The members of ACT had met NHAI Project Director Sriram Mishra and forest officials in Mangalore and Kundapur. They all had promised the team that cutting of the trees had been stopped till September end.
“We have also asked them to check every tree before it is cut for nests and fledglings. The nests with the fledglings must be relocated or rehabilitated. The contractors who have been given work orders for cutting of the trees must be educated about the legality of destroying nests with birds and also about being sensible and humane,” she said. The ACT has also written a letter to Minister for Forest, Ecology and Environment Ramanath Rai and MP Shobha Karandlaje and others to ensure action.