This yr too, Deepavali, the Pageant of Lights, can be noiseless at Kollukudipatti, which homes Vettankudi hen sanctuary, being flocked by a whole lot of winter migratory birds and indigenous endangered species for a number of many years.
Residents of Vettankudi, Kollukudipatti, Krishnapuram and Iyyapatti had been saying a strict ‘no’ to crackers ever since birds began visiting the sanctuary within the early 1960s for nesting and breeding. The sanctuary had been the popular breeding habitat for the winged guests – principally from European and north Asian international locations.
Individuals of those villages, together with kids, had been desisting from bursting crackers even throughout temple festivals and for different occasions resembling weddings and funeral processions. Crackers by no means determine within the price range for Deepavali and youngsters too had no qualms about it, says S Sudhakar, 36, a resident of Kollukudipatti.
Kids would confine themselves to ‘kambi mathappu’ and averted even ‘buz vaanam’ (flower pot), he says. This yr they have been extra acutely aware because the birds had already began breeding and lots of of them have been with their younger ones, he stated. “New clothes, sweets and mutton curry feast are all about Deepavali for us,” he says.
Deepavali coincided with north-east monsoon season, when the birds flock to the sanctuary and keep put until March. The sanctuary, unfold throughout in 38.40 acres, has about 40% water and has attracted greater than half a dozen species, forest division officers stated. Due to a serene and secured environment, the sanctuary has been the popular vacation spot for migratory birds resembling gray herons, darters, spoonbills, white ibis, black ibis, openbill stork and evening herons. Indigenous endangered species resembling painted stork, gray heron, little cormorant, little egret, spotbills and pintails additionally most well-liked the sanctuary.
Collector J Jayakanthan who visited Kollukudipatti on Wednesday and distributed sweets to the individuals, appreciating their gesture, was thrilled that the migratory birds visited the sanctuary, stayed and returned again with their younger ones. “We should be proud that Vettankudi is the birth place for many migratory birds”, he quipped. The district administration plans to wash up the availability channels to convey extra water to the sanctuary, he stated. He had additionally ordered upgradation of street and different amenities within the villages.