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
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 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
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 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
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