Bhubaneswar: The annual bird census at different forest divisions in Odisha started on Friday.
According to reports as many as 25 teams have been deployed for the headcount exercise at various wildlife ranges of the State including Satkosia and Mahanadi river system.
The enumeration of avian species began in Satkosia wildlife division with as many as 10 units of forest officials carrying out the census from early morning today.
Apart from migratory birds, the census drive of estuarine crocodile will also be conducted at Bhitarkanika.
The bird census will begin at Chilika from January 4 while the enumeration at Bhitarkanika and Hirakud will be done from January 6.
During the bird and crocodile census, fishing will be prohibited in the Mahanadi river system.
Similarly, the counting of birds has also started in the Mahanadi river system, Sisupathar dam, water bodies in Mayurbhanj district including Simlipal, Baripada, Rairangpur, and Karanjia.
The annual bird census is conducted every year to gather data, information and identification of the new bird species.
According to reports, each team has been provided with binoculars, two-way radio (walkie-talkie), GPS scale and DHF equipment.