04 January 2019
Puri/Angul: Odisha has embarked on its journey to count the winged guests that visit the State every year during the migratory season and give a major boost to the tourism sector. Reportedly, the bird counting started on Thursday with 26 teams including five experts, three ACFs and 70 forest officials engaged in the exercise in Brahmagiri, Nandankanan, Similipal and other forest divisions.
Three units consisting of 10 officials each began enumeration in Brahmagiri wildlife range from 6 am on Thursday. Each team has been provided with binoculars, two-way radio (walkie-talkie), GPS scale and other equipments. Five boats have been engaged for the movement of teams in Brahmagiri forest division, while 13 boats have been engaged in Similipal with 52 forest officials.
Along similar lines, bird census has also started in various forest divisions in Mayurbhanj district including Simlipal, Baripada, Rairangpur and Karanjia.
According to reports, the bird census at Chilika will be conducted today while the enumeration at Bhitarkanika and Hirakud will be done from January 6. Officials have added that there could be a rise in the number of avian species this time in comparison to last year.
On the other hand, the counting of crocodile will be carried out at Bhitarkanika, Ghodahada and Simlipal from January 6 and the census of dolphin will be carried out at Chilika from January 19.
Keeping in view the annual exercise, the authorities of the Bhitarkanika National Park have closed the sanctuary for visitors from January 6 to 14. Tourists and fishermen have been restricted form going into he water bodies for a while.