Counting of water birds begins

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Ratnanagar (Chitwan)

Jan 7, 2018-

Counting of water birds began in country’s various wetlands on Saturday. The counting aims to make a new strategy for the protection of the bird by finding out its status. 

After the process a report will be submitted to bodies at the decision making-level, according to Dr Hem Sagar Baral, chief ornithologist at the Nepal Bird Conservation. A total of 300 people, including ornithologists and volunteers, will carrying out the counting that runs until January 21. The first day of birds’ counting covered Shuklaphanta and Koshi Tappu areas. The counting will start in Chitwan within a next few days, said ornithologist and former chairman of the Bird Education Society Chitwan Basu Bidari. The previous survey showed Chitwan is home to 54 species of water birds. However, the number of water birds is declining nationwide, drawing serious concerns from ornithologists and bird conservationists. 

Five lakes incorporated in the Ramsar list will be included in the counting of water birds this time. Last time, a total of 10,032 water birds were counted in Chitwan-based wetland areas, 1,128 less from the previous time.

Published: 07-01-2018 07:49

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