A haven for migratory birds, Bhitarkanika Nationwide Park has all the time been a preferred fowl watching vacation spot in Odisha, North East India. Nevertheless, a latest annual census carried out in Bhitarkanika Nationwide Park concluded that the park had witnessed a dip in winter migratory birds flocking the nationwide park this 12 months. The latest decline within the whole migratory birds visiting have led to a critical reconsideration of the conservation efforts of birds in Bhitarkanika Nationwide Park.
In case you didn’t know
Positioned within the north-east area of Kendrapara district in Odisha, Bhitarkanika Nationwide Park is the core space of Bhitarkanika wildlife sanctuary. Bhitarkanika Nationwide Park is house to round 320 species of avian fauna. The most effective locations for birdwatching in Odisha, Bhitarkanika Nationwide Park is flocked with lakhs of migratory birds yearly.
The decline in migratory fowl inhabitants in Bhitarkanika Nationwide Park
The annual census report printed by the Forest division of Bhitarkanika Nationwide Park concluded that there was decline within the numbers of winter migratory birds visiting Bhitarkanika Nationwide Park within the 12 months 2018. The census for the 12 months is said at 1,09,059 in opposition to 1,12,937 final 12 months.
Whereas the species of birds searching for shelter within the park was positioned at 83 final 12 months, this 12 months the quantity was 74. Most of the spots that have been crowded with birds final 12 months have been discovered vacant this 12 months. Nevertheless, regardless of the autumn within the whole rely, many unique species of birds have been noticed alongside the wetland spots.
Bimal Prasanna Acharya, Divisional Forest Officer, Rajnagar Mangrove (wildlife) Forest Division on Monday January 7 stated that enumerators have noticed uncommon teams of winged species across the wetland spots of the nationwide park. He believes that that is the signal that Bhitarkanika remains to be a significant fowl hotspot for migratory birds.
Motive for the decline within the inhabitants
Through the survey it was discovered that quite a few water-inlets had dried up contained in the park, which ended up in thinning down the water sources. Additionally, one of many main components for the declining migratory fowl inhabitants is the blockage of uniform tidal waves due to prawn dykes. Coming in shut neighborhood of the park, they cease the uniform movement of water, which is required for wholesome migratory fowl inhabitants.
Elevating such environmental-damaging prawn dykes is against the law contained in the wildlife sanctuary premise. A conservationist stated that if we want to enhance the variety of migratory birds visiting right here, the authorities would wish to dismantle prawn dykes to preserve the ecosystem.
What’s subsequent for the case?
Whereas the dip may appear simply 3,000, authorities want to determine methods to deal with this case rapidly. Whereas Chilika Lake witnessed a rise within the migratory fowl inhabitants, the decline in Bhitarkanika Nationwide Park appears to be a problem that the authorities have to deal with head on, with utmost precedence.