The annual census of birds in the world-famous backwaters of Bhitarkanika National Park in Odisha’s Kendrapara district began early Friday morning. The head counting exercise began at around 5:30 AM in the morning. As many as 17 teams have been deployed for the counting of the migratory birds in the National Park.
The teams have been well equipped with boats, radios (walkie-talkie), binoculars, cameras and GPS scales for the annual counting.
The famous Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district of Odisha reopens for visitors today (Monday) after remaining off limits for crocodile breeding season.
Experts have raised eyebrows over the official bird census saying the real bird count statistics tell a different story than the figures reflected on paper. They have also questioned the non-inclusion of local public and bird experts during the enumeration exercise apart from blaming the rampant activities of illegal prawn culture as reason behind the drop in the bird count.
“During this period, the booking of night stays in Bhitarkanika Nature Camps through Ecotour Odisha website will also remain closed.”
Apart from the home to a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna, the national park is abode to as many as 1,768 saltwater crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus), as per the census held in January this year.
The seasonal bird census at the famous Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapada district began today (Aug 23). The bird census will reportedly continue for seven days for which two teams have been set up.
The seasonal bird count at Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district has begun today. The annual headcount of the avian species which is carried out during the monsoon season every year will continue for a week.
The Bhitarkanika National Park was shut for visitors from May 1 to July 31 in the wake of breeding season of estuarine crocodiles.
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