Bird census begins in Kashmir wetlands

SRINAGAR: In order to estimate the count of migratory and resident birds, the department of Wildlife on Sunday started its maiden water bird census across the wetlands of Kashmir.
The census is being organized for the first time in Valley in collaboration with Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS).
In a statement, wild life warden, wetlands Kashmir, Imtiyaz Ahmad Lone said that the event was a part global water bird monitoring program- International water bird census held under aegis of wetlands international. “The census will be carried out in all the wetlands of Kashmir by the scholars and students of Kashmir University and SKAUST-Kashmir. The volunteers from two NGOS, Kashmir bird watch and wildlife conservation fund will also be the part of census,” Lone said.
He said that at least 13 wetlands across the Valley will be covered under the census for bird count which includes Hokarsar, Shalbugh, Haigam, Mirgund, Chatlam, Fushkuri, Dal, Wullar and wetlands of Pampore.
Lone said that the department has already conducted a survey in Hokarasar wetland on the bird count which is around 5.50 lakhs.
Chief wild life warden, Abdul Razaq Khan said that the census being organized for the first time in Kashmir will not only help in getting the bird count but also in creating interest among the people in the water birds.