Feb 17: Wetlands Division Kashmir of Wildlife Protection Department conducted
the census of Migratory Birds besides other endemic birds living in the Valley
participants from Kashmir University, SKUAST-K, World Wildlife Fund, Wildlife
Conservation Fund, School for Rural Development and Environment, WUCMA, Kashmir
Bird Watchers Club, Wildlife SOS, Volunteers and free Lancers are taking part
in the census.
orientation programme was conducted at Camping ground Hokersar Srinagar to
inculcate the census techniques amongst the participants.
programme is aimed to identify the current status of 13 valley Wetlands
including Hokersar, Mirgund, Narkara, Hygam, Badi Nambal, Shallabugh, Anchar,
Dal Lake, Wullar Lake, Chatlum, Kranchoo, Manibugh and Freshkori Wetland which
harbour sizeable number of Migratory birds and to check the population
fluctuation of these birds during Winter migration, besides involving locals in
conservation and preservation of these Wetlands.
Wildlife Warden, Wetlands Division, Kashmir, Ifshan Deewani said that
coordinated effort by the Department of Wildlife Protection to conduct the AWC
this year will go a long way in establishing the numbers of various water birds particularly the migratory
waterfowl that visit the wetlands of the valley during winter months .
said that this procedure is going to be an annual event, henceforth and will
help in creating a sound data base of the winter waterfowl population in the