Waterbird census begins in Shuklaphanta National Park
Shuklaphanta National Park. (File photo)
KANCHANPUR: The census of water birds has started in Shuklaphanta National Park and other areas.
The census of waterfowl has started in the lakes and rivers inside and outside the park.
The count will continue until January 16.
For the census, park office staff, experts from the Nepal Bird Conservation Association, representatives from Himali Prakriti, NTNC, Nature Guide Association participate.
According to the ornithologist of the association Hirulal Dagoura, those involved in the census use binoculars, telescopes and cameras to count water birds.
He said waterfowl would be counted reaching the site and boarding a boat.
According to him, waterfowl will be counted in Ranital, Taratal, Kalikich Lake, Bedkot, Bandatal, Puranital, Pyaratal, Sally River, Chaudhar River and border areas.
Counting in lakes and rivers will be done on foot, elephants will be used to count in Lake Salgaundi inside the park.
Waterbirds are monitored and counted annually to know the distribution and status of native and migratory birds in lake and wetlands, to update numbers, to raise awareness with the participation of local communities and conservation stakeholders.
The census also provides information on the state of the lake where waterfowl live, Dagoura said.
At the same time, information is gathered on the state of the wetland, human encroachment on the lake and natural damage.
In last year’s census, 48 species, including some of the world’s rarest storks, were found during the waterfowl census in the park and surrounding areas.
According to Dagoura, there is enough space for food, safety and nesting in the area, so migratory water birds migrate to the area, some of which come from Siberia, India and Sri Lanka.
A similar census of waterfowl began on Saturday in the lakes and watersheds of Kailali.
Ornithologist Dagora informed RSS that the count of waterfowl has started in the Ghodaghodi Lake area.
Waterfowl will be counted in Karnali Lakes including Ghodaghodi, Kohli, Lokabhauka, Ghoda, Suniyarupiya, Purana and Karnali.
They will be counted in rafts on the Karnali river. According to last year’s census, 32 species of water birds were found in the Kailali watershed.