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The campus bird count was held at AIMIT on February 20, in the early hours of the day from 6:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The programme was part of the ‘Great Backyard Bird Count’ organised by Bird Count India.

The campus bird count team was led by Mr Glavin Thomas Rodrigues, assistant professor, department of Zoology, SAC, along with a few from the general public and students from SAC campus. The team surveyed the campus in coordination with the team from AIMIT led by Krishnapriya, student of MBA department, along with faculty co-ordinator Divya Pereira. Thirty five bird species were detected in the campus. Rock pigeon, Asian palm-swift, Indian pond–heron, jungle babbler, orange headed thrush were some of the 35 varieties spotted at AIMIT campus.

Mr Rodrigues said that AIMT is a bird hot spot and nearly 100 varieties of birds come to the campus. “If we could spot 35 varieties in just about two hours, we can easily spot over 80 varieties if we survey the campus for a few days,” he said.

Director Dr (Fr) Melwyn Pinto SJ encouraged the students. “There are many more birds visiting our lush green campus. During the months of December to January is where there are a lot more migrating birds visiting the campus,” he said. He also encouraged the students to make the campus more eco-friendly and a better place for co-existence.