Bird survey in Chilika lake to begin

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Berhampur (Orissa), Jan 18 (PTI) Around 100 expertsfrom various institutions across the country and two othersfrom abroad will participate in the annual bird survey in thevast Chilika lake to be held tomorrow.

A preparatory meeting of the experts was held atChandraput today.

"Apart from experts from Australia and Germany,�forthe first time scientists from Indian Institute of Science(IISc), Bangalore and director of National Museum of NaturalHistory, New Delhi would take part in the five-hour bird countin the lake," divisional forest officer (Chilika wildlife) B PAcharya said.

Restrictions were imposed for the last one week on theentry of tourists and other persons to the 15.59 sq kmNalabana sanctuary area in Chilika in view of the bird count.

"We have imposed restriction on entry of people otherthan forest personnel to ensure that the winged guests are notdisturbed before the enumeration," he said.

"Several VIPs, who were scheduled to visit Nalabana,also cancelled their trip on our request," he said, adding,there was, however, no restriction on entry to the blue lagoonbeyond sanctuary areas.

The DFO said the entire lake was divided into 18sectors and at least five enumerators would be deployed ineach sector for the bird enumeration.

The count will start from 6 am and will continue till11 am, he said.���

A large number of migratory birds from far off placesincluding Caspian sea, Lake Baikal, remote parts of Russia,central and south east Asia, Ladakh and Himalayas descended tothe lake every winter for feeding and roosting.

Last year, over 9.24 lakh different birds of 210species visited the lake. Of them 5.08 lakh different wingedguests had taken shelter in the Nalabana sanctuary area only,the sources said.

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