Annual bird census in Odisha’s Hirakud Dam to start from January 8
Official sources informed that 30 teams of Hirakud Wildlife Division (nodal) along with Sambalpur, Bargarh and Jharsuguda Divisions will carry out the drive in 15 sectors.
Sambalpur: The annual census of migratory birds will commence at Hirakud Dam in Odisha’s Sambalpur district from January 8 this year. Official sources informed that 30 teams of Hirakud Wildlife Division (nodal) along with Sambalpur, Bargarh and Jharsuguda Divisions will carry out the drive in 15 sectors. The teams engaged will comprise forest officers and experts from outside. Participants also include fishermen who have knowledge about nesting of the birds.
The census will be conducted from 6 am to 5 pm from January 8 and teams have been well equipped with binoculars and lifesaving jackets. Prior to that, fishing and tourism activity will cease inside reservoir from January 7 including patrolling of boats by the Forest department.
In Brajrajnagar range, four sectors will be covered. In Sector 7, the team will have Debashish Subudhi, Dr Chitrasen Sethy, Sunil Nayak and Prasant bag. In Sector 8, Shubham Rout, Gour Pati, Suresh Tarai, Gourang Sahu, Jahnvi Ravi Khuntia will carry out the enumeration. Sector 9 team will comprise Dr Prakash Jena, Baryendu Mohanty, Siddhanrth Sahu, Pradip Nayak and Vikramaditya Behera while Sector 10 will have Adish Shukla, Arakhit Pradhan, Kajal Sharma and Manoj Gond.
In 2022, 2.08 lakh birds of 104 species had visited the reservoir while the figure stood at 1.24 lakh in 2021.