Bhubaneswar: The first regional centre of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), a premier wildlife research organisation, will be inaugurated in Chilika on Monday.
The centre will be inaugurated on the premises of Wetland Research and Training Centre of Chilika Development Authority (CDA) at Chandrapur near Barkul in Chilika.
Although the BNHS has been associated with CDA and the forest department for last one and half decade mainly in census of bird population and in ringing the migratory birds to establish the flyways, the regional centre is now being established to take up the activities on a continuous basis to help the planners in better management of the lake ecology and its wintering guests.
As many as 230 species of birds have so far been identified by the CDA with help of various scientific organizations and BNHS is playing a pivotal role in the process. The bird population studies by BNHS have revealed the role of Chilika in maintaining the global population of at least six ducks species.
Deepak Apte, Director of BNHS along with his colleagues and senior forest officials of Odisha will be present during the inauguration of the avifauna observatory centre, sources said.
Notably, Chilika Lagoon in the eastern coast of Odisha is fortunate to have the largest wintering congregation of migratory water birds in the Indian sub-continent. During the winter season, it hosts nearly 1 Million birds with 97 of them being intercontinental migratory in nature.