Asia’s most colossal internal saltwater pond, Chillika Lake, is the leading supportive ecosystem with a wide range of flora, fauna, and aquatic faunas. Every year the lake witnesses a wide variety of both native and migrant birds and species. Now, Chillika Lake is all set to welcome the migratory birds this winter.
Around more than 230 species of birds, including 100 intercontinental migratory birds, visits the lake every year. Balugaon wildlife sanctuary sources informed that over 15,000 birds have arrived at the lake, a Ramsar site, in the last week. But Nalabana and Mangalajodi have not yet received the usual number of birds. This year, like every year, the forest department has inducted to take necessary measures to ensure the birds’ safety. Along with security, the department is all set to make around 19 camps and a mobile squad. The camps have been set up at Balugaon, Tangi, Rambha, Satapada, and Chilika within the Balugaon wildlife division.
From all complete Tangi forest ranges has ten camps, while Nalabana has four camps and Rambha, along with Satapada, has two each. As of now, chillika has one camp within the forest range. To every camp, it consists of a boat and is a guider who will guide the forest and additional three members of the bird protection committee. The mobile squads will check the poaching of the bird’s will is usually taken by the local villagers.
According to the sources, around 15,000 birds have already arrived in which 6,243 have assembled at Nalabana. Of the 160 species
have come which make the lake their home during winter. Leading are Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, Shoveler, Common Koot, and Shelduck.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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