Vulture watch

Published: Saturday 15 March 2003

-- Nearly half a decade after a massive decline was first recorded in the country's vulture populations, research into the reasons behind the loss continues to befuddle ornithologists. Now, with the formal inauguration of the Vulture Care Centre in Pinjore, near Chandigarh in Haryana, India has taken another step towards making sense of the data generated by previous studies. While the Darwin Initiative of the uk government is giving financial support for running the centre, the technical prop is being provided by the Bombay Natural History Society (bnhs), Mumbai.

uk's biodiversity minister Elliot Morley said on the occasion: ''The project seeks to identify the reasons behind the decline in vulture population and develop corrective measures. This should lead to a recovery plan."

The facility will be headed by Vibhu Prakash of bnhs and shall house a diagnostic laboratory.

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