Annual bird census in Odisha begins; 26 teams embark on bird count


Bhubaneswar: The annual bird census in Odisha commenced today with 26 teams, including five experts, three ACFs, and 70 forest officials, in Brahmagiri, Nandankanan, Similipal, and other forest divisions.

Reportedly, three teams under the direction of Puri DFO have started the headcount of the migratory birds in Brahamagiri. The reports will be submitted to the forest department soon.

According to reports, each team has been provided with binoculars, two-way radio (walkie-talkie), GPS scale and DHF equipment. Besides, five boats have been pressed in for the teams to carry out the annual bird counting event.

The counting of birds will next be carried out in Chilika on January 4, and Bhitarakanika & Hirakud on January 6. The counting of the Dolphins will be conducted on January 19.

The Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district will remain closed for visitors from January 6 to 14 in view to prevent the noise pollution during the census drive of the estuarine crocodile and migratory birds.

Moreover, eight teams under the direct supervision of experts will conduct the crocodile census while 12 teams will be engaged for the headcount of migratory birds in the wetland areas of the park including Raipatia, Mathadia, Guptighata, Hansinaghata, and Batighara.

The annual bird census is conducted every year to gather data, information and identify the new bird species.

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