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Visually challenged campers envision birds through their distinctive sound

NR Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the NR group, makers of Cycle Pure Agarbathies organised an early morning visit to Karanji Lake on Sunday for students of Ranga Rao Memorial School for Disabled. Around 30 visually impaired students from the school were taken on a nature walk to a delightful experience of envisioning birds through their distinctive sounds. Sahana, volunteer taught the students the skill of recognising birds through their sounds. “The students were curious whenever they heard sounds of different birds. Volunteers Anagha and Yogendra explained about various birds and how to recognise them from their sounds. A day before we familiarised them with sounds of 30 birds and they recognised nearly 20 of them, including grey Hornbill, white cheeked Barbet, Asian Koyal, common Myna and Indian peacock during their visit to the lake,” said Sahana.

SSLC student, Uma N says, “It was a memorable learning experience for me and my other classmates which we will cherish forever.”“As an organisation, NR Foundation has always worked for the betterment of physically challenged and blind children and this event was also conducted for the same purpose; to promote their holistic development. It was aprogressive initiative from our part for the overall growth and development of the children,” said R Guru, chairman of NR Group.“Bird watching” is a popular form of outdoor activity, however, if the focus is entirely on watching the birds, the richness of information in bird’s call and song will be missed.  Listening to the birds is a delightful and gratifying way to explore nature and this has helped the students to experience the diversity of birds.  It is the science of ornithology, which is based largely on the sense of hearing that allowed students to have such an experience. Usually hobbyists and professionals use this phenomena to identify birds with their distinctive voice.”

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