Beauty of Munuguluru is just right for both birds and tourists

An Environment Education Centre has been developed near Munuguluru village, a portion of Kolleru Lake that once flourished with aquaculture and later acquired by the Forest Department during Operation Kolleru.

Surrounded by lush green environment and trees, this location was found suitable for providing alternative natural habitat for the migratory birds, which are now struggling to set up nests in and around the Kolleru Wildlife Sanctuary due to enormous increase of their number over the years.

The prime destination of the migratory birds like Storks and different types of Pelicans at man-made Atapaka sanctuary is due to regular maintenance and management of the water-level of the pond. The scenic beauty of the Munuguluru portion is just right for both birds and tourists.

“A number of trees have grown naturally. The flow of water does not need intervention of our staff to manage. At least 20 resident bird varieties can be sighted at Munuguluru, whereas barely two migratory bird species are seen at Atapaka,” said Wildlife Management Circle Sub-Divisional Forest Officer Sheik Khalillullah Khan.

Approach woodbridge

Being the architect of the sanctuary at Atapaka, Mr. Khalilullah Khan had recorded the number of birds sighted at Munuguluru, developed an approach wood-bridge and got renovated an old building that was acquired from the encroachers during the Operation Kolleru.

The location, a home for whistling teal, is likely to be the alternative destination for feathered guests of the Kolleru Lake. Located barely 5 km away from Kaikaluru Town, the education centre is all set to be explored by the bird lovers. “A watch tower is arranged for visitors. One can have a glimpse of serene waters of the lake and flocks of resident birds from the tower,” he explained.

These efforts are primarily meant to attract huge number of migratory birds and later visitors, Wildlife Management Divisional Forest Officer T. Srinivasa Rao told The Hindu.

The birds sighted here include Glossy Ibis, Little Grapes, Little Cormorant, River Tern, Godwit species and other migratory birds.

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