TAMIL NADU

Bird census in Krishnagiri

Birds flocking together at a field near Avadanapatti lake in Krishnagiri on Friday during census work conducted by officials.Photo: Special Arrangement.

Birds flocking together at a field near Avadanapatti lake in Krishnagiri on Friday during census work conducted by officials.Photo: Special Arrangement.  

Census of birds in Krishnagiri district was conducted by the Forest Department at the seven forest ranges in the district from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the second year in succession on Friday.

The survey was part of the Integrated Water Bird Census conducted across all wetlands and bird congregations in the State. A 120-member team of forest officers, volunteers from NGOs and students were divided into several teams to cover seven forest ranges such as Hosur, Denkanikottai, Royakottai, Krishnagiri, Anchetty, Urigam, and Jawalagiri.

Mr. A.K. Ulaganathan, District Forest Officer told TheHindu that the Birds like Little Egret, Pond Heron, Cormorant and Black Darter, Large Egret, King Fisher, Little Cormorant, Tealf were found on the wet lands including water bodies in the Hosur Forest Division. The birds migrated mainly from Indian Sub-continents such as Pakistan, Nepal and Gujarat due to winter season there, he adds. The Forest Department has decided to plant more trees along the waterbodies to attract the migratory birds to live permanently in this region, he said. This is because of adequate water with feeding provisions is available in all waterbodies due to the recent monsoon, he added. Around 20 common species were spotted in seven ranges. About 6,200 birds were sighted during the enumeration, Mr. Ulaganathan said.

Internationally, water bird enumeration is conducted during the first fortnight of January. For Tamil Nadu, this would be the third year of such an exercise. The enumeration exercise was preceded by a State-level training session at Kodiakarai in Vedaranyam in Nagapattinam district on January 19. Four Foresters from Hosur Division was sent for the training programme. In Krishnagiri range alone, 2,421 birds were sited by a team comprising Mr. A.K. Ulaganathan, DFO and Mr. P. Chinnaiyan, Ranger and his team in and around Avadanapatti, Devasamuthiram, Thimmavaram lakes.

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