Migratory bird count drops at Bhitarkanika National Park


Kendrapara: The number of migratory birds, which throng the mangrove belts of Bhitarkanika National Park during the winter season, has dropped this year.

As per the latest bird census report, the forest officials spotted 109059 birds this year in comparison to 112083 last year leading to a difference of 3,024 birds.

The annual headcount drive was carried out by 16 teams under the supervision of Dr. Balachandran, Deputy Director of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS).

The census of migratory birds was conducted on Sunday in the wetland areas of the sanctuary, including Raipatia, Mathadia, Guptighata, Hansinaghata, and Batighara, informed DFO of Rajnagar Mangrove (Forest) and Wildlife Division Bimal Prasanna Acharya.

Besides, 74 species of migratory birds have been spotted in the park this year.

The Bhitarkanika sanctuary in Kendrapara district is one of the prominent heronries of the state. However, the decline in the number of winter visitors has a matter to worry for the forest officials.

Meanwhile, the Bhitarkanika National Park has been closed for visitors in view of the bird and crocodile census.

The census drive of the estuarine crocodile will be conducted in various water bodies of Bhitarkanika, Gahirmatha, Luna and other forest regions from January 10 to 14.

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