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Odisha: 7- Day Bird Census At Bhitarkanika National Park Begins Today

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.

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Monsoon Avian Census In Bhitarkanika From Today

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.

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Bhitarkanika National Park To Open For Tourists From Next 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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Mangroves, Odisha's Shield Against Nature's Fury Now At The Mercy Of Prawn Mafia

Cyclone Yaas that barreled through coastal Odisha with hostile winds and torrential downpour could have unleashed a destruction of unimaginable proportions if not for the hundreds of mile-long luxuriant mangrove canopy that etches along the State's coastline as a protective barrier against nature's fury

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Odisha: Croc Census At Bhitarkanika From Tomorrow, Entry Restricted 

Kendrapara: The Bhitarkanika National Park will remain out of bounds for nine days from tomorrow due to the annual headcount of estuarine crocodiles. The exercise will continue till January 23, officials said. The Forest Department has engaged 22 teams for the census drive. The officials will carry out headcount of the crocodiles in the creeks, […]

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Bhitarkanika National Park To Remain Shut From January 15 For Crocodile Census

Kendrapara: Bhitarkanika National Park will remain out of bounds for tourists and visitors for nine days this month for annual census of estuarine crocodiles. The national park is being shut from January 15 to 23 for the annual census of the estuarine crocodiles. As many as 22 teams have been constituted to count the crocodiles […]

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Winter Scenes: Bhitarkanika Abuzz With Migratory Birds

Kendrapara: As winter sets in, Bhitarkanika in Odisha’s Kendrapara district is echoing with chirpy cacophony with the arrival of thousands of avian guests to the wetland spots of the National Park. Every year in this season, migratory birds from Siberia, Eastern Europe, China and other continents fly over a thousand mile to take shelter at […]

Odisha: 16 White Crocodiles Spotted In Bhitarkanika
Bhitarkanika Registers Marginal Drop In Mammal Count, Still Remains Ideal Habitat, Says Official

Kendrapara: The Bhitarkanika National Park and adjoining wetland sites along the Mahanadi deltaic regions in Odisha have yet again emerged as a congenial home to mammals despite a marginal drop in their population as per the latest headcount, a forest official said on Thursday. According to the latest headcount report released by the forest department, […]

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Outcry Over Boundary Demarcation Of Bhitarkanika

Bhubaneswar: The forest department’s proposal to demarcate the boundary of Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara has sparked an outcry, with the legislators of the ruling-BJD seeking intervention of Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro to direct the concerned minister to rethink the decision. On Sunday, as the Assembly proceedings were underway, three BJD MLAs from Kendrapara […]

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Bhitarkanika National Park Fully Re-opens For Visitors

Kendrapara: The Bhitarkanika National Park here has been fully opened for public from today. However, a standard operating procedure (SOP) has been issued by the forest department to be followed by the employees and visitors in order to keep Covid-19 at bay. The park was closed by the forest department in March due to the […]

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Bhitarkanika To Reopen For Visitors On October 19; COVID19 SOP Issued

Kendrapara: A standard operating procedure (SOP) will be in place in view of COVID-19 at Bhitarkanika National Park which is all set to reopen for all tourists from October 19. The SOP will be mandatory for employees as well as the visitors so as to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection. It will be for […]

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Bhitarkanika Reopens For Visitors, Take A Look At The Restrictions Imposed

Kendrapara: After almost a seven-month hiatus, Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara reopened from Thursday (today) for tourists/visitors to enjoy the flora and fauna. The park was closed for tourists and visitors since enforcement of the nation-wide lockdown in March this year in the wake of Covid-19 outbreak. As per the authorities, only those tourists/visitors booking […]

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Mangrove Withstood Cyclone Amphan, Saved Bhitarkanika National Park

Kendrapara: Acting as a protective barrier, the mangrove forests in Bhitarkanika National Park withstood high-velocity winds and protected the area when cyclone Amphan barrelled through the Odisha coast, leaving a trail of destruction, officials said. The tropical cyclone had triggered damage in coastal parts, but it had spared Bhitarkanika National Park and adjoining hamlets in […]

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Inaugural Edition Of Bhitarkanika Festival On February 7

Kendrapara: The inaugural edition of Bhitarkanika festival will showcase the rich biodiversities, flora and fauna of the internationally acclaimed Ramsar wetland site in Odisha, officials said. The three-day event, which will commence on February 7, will be a joint endeavour by the Forest and Tourism department. Nalitapatia village, lying on the fringes of the core […]

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Column: A Laudable Conservation Effort

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: There is some heart-warming news for wildlife lovers from Ganjam district. The number of muggers, an endangered crocodile species, in the district’s Ghodahada irrigation reservoir and adjoining water bodies has gone up to 65 from 58 last year. While 44 muggers were found in the 5 sq km reservoir, 21 were […]

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Column: Looking Beyond Chilika

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Bird census in Bhitarkanika national park and Athgarh forest division has shown a jump in the number of winged guests. This is great news primarily because it confirms that feathered beauties have now begun to favour many more water bodies in the state in addition to Chilika, Asia’s largest brackish water […]

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Crocodile Population Rises In Bhitarkanika National Park

Kendrapara: The number of crocodiles in Bhitarkanika National Park in Odisha’s Kendrapara district has increased as per the findings of the latest headcount of the reptiles. At least 1,757 salt-water crocodiles including albino species were counted this year along the water-bodies of Mahanadi deltaic region while the census figure recorded last year stood at 1,742, […]

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Bhitarkanika To Remain Shut For 10 Days For Crocodile Census

Kendrapara: Bhitarkanika National Park will remain out of bounds for tourists and visitors from December 26 to January 4 for annual census of estuarine crocodiles. The head count of the crocodiles will be carried out under the supervision of wildlife personnel, crocodile researchers and experts. Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Rajnagar Mangrove (forest) Bikash Ranjan […]

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Rise In Seasonal Monsoon Birds In Bhitarkanika National Park

Kendrapara: The number of seasonal monsoon birds who thronged the mangrove forest belts in Bhitarkanika national park in Odisha for their annual nesting has registered a rise this year, a forest official said. The continual visit of local migrant birds has re-established Bhitarkanika as one of the prominent heronries of the state, the headcount of […]

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Bhitarkanika National Park To Reopen For Tourists Tomorrow

Kendrapara: The Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district which was closed since May 1 will reopen for tourists from tomorrow. Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACF), Bhitarkanika National Park, Pradosh Kumar Patnaik informed that the Bhitarkanika authorities have made elaborate arrangements for the reopening. Visitors will be permitted to enter the mangrove wetlands through three main […]

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Marginal rise in crocodile nestings in Odisha’s Bhitarkanika

Kendrapara: Bhitarkanika National Park has recorded a slight increase in the number of saltwater crocodile nests this season. Rajnagar Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Bimal Prasanna Acharya on Tuesday informed that as many as 103 nests were spotted in the national park during the annual counting process this year as compared to last year’s figure of […]

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Crocodile attack leaves villagers in Bhitarkanika panic-stricken

Kendrapara: Rise in crocodile attacks has now spread panic along the riverside villages of Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district. The most recent incident was reported on June 2, when a man died after being dragged by a saltwater crocodile. The deceased Sanjay Pradhan of Mandapada village was dragged into the river by the reptile […]

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Eco-tourism destination at Bhitarkanika ravaged by tidal waves

Kendrapara: The unmanned Habelikahti Island at Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district, a favourite eco-tourism destination, has been ravaged by mighty tidal waves during cyclone Fani, forest officials said. Cyclone Fani that made landfall near Puri on May 3, however, spared the rest sheds for tourists at the island, they said. But a day later, […]

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Bhitarkanika to remain out of bounds for tourists from today

Kendrapara: The Bhitarkanika National Park will remain out of bounds for visitors for the bird and crocodile census which will be taken up from today. The census will conclude on January 14, official sources said. While the bird counting will begin today, the enumeration of estuarine crocodiles in various water bodies of Bhitarkanika, Gahirmatha, Luna […]

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Stolen antique Idol from Bhitarkanika temple yet to be traced

Kendrapara: Resentment is now brewing among locals as the 200-year-old antique idol of Goddess Durga, which was stolen from Nayakbabu temple located inside the Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapada district, is yet to be recovered. Sources said, the idol made of black chlorite stone (locally known as mugunipathar) was reportedly stolen by unidentified miscreants during […]