Sarus cranes in northern India rice fields are a regular sight for farmers. Gopi Sundar/Courtesy photo

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Biologist will talk about avian diversity in northern India

By From page A6 | September 27, 2013

Gopi Sundar of the International Crane Foundation will speak about “Bird Diversity in the Gangetic Floodplains of India” on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. His 7:30 p.m. presentation will be hosted by the Yolo Audubon Society, Yolo Basin Foundation and the Central Valley Bird Club.

Sundar received a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2011 and now lives in New Delhi, where he is director of the SarusScape Program for the International Crane Foundation. His research has demonstrated that longtime, intensively cultivated agricultural landscapes with high human populations, such as those found in some parts of northern India, do not necessarily result in poor avian species diversity.

Sundar will discuss the results of his ongoing research, and highlight the presentation with photos of the birds of the Indian floodplain, where the world’s largest-known population of Sarus cranes reside. With possible comparisons to Northern California, he also will talk about rice farming and its role in providing habitat for water birds.

The presentation will begin at 7:30, but members of the community are invited to arrive at 7 p.m. to chat with Sundar and enjoy refreshments.

Special to The Enterprise

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