Bhoj wetland migrant watch held to identify endangered species

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Dec 2017 11:44:41


Staff Reporter,

Under Bhopal Birds and Saras Biodiversity Centre Bhopal Green Fest 2017’ Bhoj Wetland Migrant watch programme was organised. This was organised at Bishenkedi which mainly aims to identify migratory birds in Bhoj wetland. In order to identify and count birds various group of participants were made. A total of 32 species have been identified at Bhoj wetland area. Some species include with their count includes Little grebe (10), large cormorant (80), Grey heron, Purple heron (10) red Munia (02), Back headed gull (20) etc. Other than that Red headed bunting (100) Black headed bunting (20), verditer flycatcher (01)., saras crane (4), red-crested pochard (10)

. The main objectives of the programmee include organising educational and awareness programmes for the protection and conservation of the flora and fauna. Besides also to develop actual protection and conservation work at field. The centre also undertake scientific study of flora and fauna and takes action based research.

Other than that to conserve nature and natural resources and Creating awareness to protect the biodiversity etc are other areas. To facilitate and encourage the study of birds awareness and bird watching camp are also being organised at regular intervals. Bhopal Birds is also involved in conducting awareness camp to farmers in Bhoj wetland which is a Ramsar site and an important bird area (IBA).

The main focus was given to shift to organic farming to save sarus crane which number is slowly improving. Alarmed by the drastic decline, the Bhopal Birds, a local organisation supported by the Wildlife Trust of India and CAF-India, carried out a Rapid Action Project to save these birds in 2013. It was also highlighted that, over the years, over-grazing, fishing, desiltation, pesticide use and pollution was taking a toll on the birds.

The RAP began with determining the population of sarus cranes in the area, monitoring their populations, holding consultative meetings with locals and developing a systematic strategy for the conservation of the species. Accordingly, awareness camps were carried out in Goragaon and Bishenkhedi villages. Agricultural scientists from Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) and other agriculture research organisations also were involved then to raise awareness about the ill-effects of chemical fertilisers on people. Egyptian vulture and Saras crane were also identified during Migrant watch programme. Egyptian vulture and sarus crane are identified under different categories of endangers species in IUCN.