Bird count camp witnesses exclusive bird species in city

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 Feb 2018 09:45:56

Staff Reporter

ARERA colony area is hub of exclusive bird species. The posh colony which has residential complexes and official buildings side by side also serves as an important area to conserve flora and fauna of the city mainly due to greenery. This was revealed in a bird count programme which was organised by Regional Museum of Natural history (RMNH) in collaboration with Bhopal Bird NGO. Manoj Kumar Sharma, Scientist and In-charge of RMNH while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ said that 30 bird species were spotted but other ten to twelve species of birds were also available in the area which includes migratory birds. Incidentally this year in Bhopal, the influx of migratory birds was earlier and sighting of birds in areas not that near to water bodies also indicates the campus which provides food and shelter to the birds.

More than 30 species of birds were spotted during this bird count. Large Cormorant, Shikra, Grey Hornbill, Rose Ringed Parakeet, Indian Silver Bill, Lesser White Throat, Small Minivet and House Swift were the prominent among these birds. All the officers and few officials of RMNH Bhopal, Dr Sangeeta Rajgir and Mohammad Khalique from Bhopal Birds NGO and Environmental Science student were present on the occasion. Kumkum Dubey from Baroda University was also present during this Campus Bird Count Programme.

Regional Museum of Natural History (RMNH), Bhopal organised ‘Campus Bird Count Programme’ on Friday. The bird count event was organised at Arera Colony. Earlier 50 participants were selected on “First come, first serve” basis through email participate in this programme.
There was no age bar and registration was free of cost. Manoj Kumar Sharma said that they are planning to organise such event in future too and considering the timing of the event as it was exam time many students who were willing to participate could not participate.