Guwahati: Assam Forest Department Guwahati Wildlife Division and Biodiversity Conservation Organization, Aranyakconducted the third “2022 Annual Waterbird Census” at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary on February 6.
The objective of the census was to count waterbird species in order to generate data on birds and the monitoring of these species for long-term conservation. It should be mentioned that this census is an annual event that has been taking place for three consecutive years with active participation from all walks of life.
This year, the census exercise recorded 56 species of waterbirds with a total count of almost eight thousand two hundred (8200) individuals of different species including migratory and residential birds.
About 30 people, including Forestry Department staff, Aaranyak members and staff, and other volunteers participated in this census.
Jayashree Naiding Tonk, Divisional Forestry Officer, Guwahati Wildlife Division, welcomed the participants and explained the importance of the census. Dr Sonali Ghosh, Chief Conservator of Forests, Assam Forest Department, explained the importance of such an exercise.
Udayan Borthakur, Aaranyak’s senior scientist and wildlife photographer, coordinated the count and briefed participants on methodologies for counting birds. Nayan Jyoti Das, Range Officer of Pobitora, coordinated various aspects of the census process.
From Aaranyak, Udayan Borthakur, Dr Bibhuti Prasad Lahkar, Naba Choudhury, Prasanna Kalita, Mridul Kumar Chakravorty and Ershadur Rahman led different teams to conduct the waterbird census.
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