The hen inhabitants in Odisha’s Chilika Lake has touched its highest within the final 20 years with officers estimating round 11.four lakh birds in the course of the annual hen census of the biggest coastal lagoon within the nation.
Chief government of Chilika Growth Authority Susanta Nanda stated the annual hen depend of Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon undertaken on Tuesday revealed a report presence of 11.42 lakh migratory birds from 190 species. The annual hen census within the lagoon was carried out in 5 ranges underneath the Chilika Wildlife Division. As many as 21 groups comprising 111 wildlife officers, consultants and environmentalists had been deployed at Satpada in Puri, Rambha in Ganjam and Balugaon and Tangi of Khurda districts for finishing up the migratory hen depend train.
Nanda stated final yr, the variety of birds was estimated at round 11.04 lakh. In 2019, 10.47 lakh birds had been counted on the lagoon that’s counted among the many world’s most wonderful biodiversity hotspots.
“Wetland ecosystems are extremely resilient and bounce financial institution to normalcy within the shortest doable time. Elimination of 160 sq km of encroachment in 2018-19, has resulted in a report arrival of birds. Inhabitants of avifauna is the very best indicator of well being of a wetland ecosystem. Because of all of the employees concerned in making Chilika a secure haven for migratory birds,” he stated.
Masking an approx space of 1,100 sq km, the lagoon is the biggest wintering floor for migratory birds in India. It welcomes quite a few species of endangered birds each winter season. The lagoon hosts birds from so far as Russia, Mongolia, Central and Southeast Asia and Himalayas, that flock to the lagoon in the course of the migratory season.