Nainital: Winter has come, and Siberian migratory birds have started flying huge distances to settle in the reservoirs of the Kumaon division. The Forest Department has instructed its staff to ensure the safety of these bird passengers, but protecting them is a big task. In addition, the Forest Department is starting a bird census program to compile extensive data on these migratory species.
According to Deep chand Arya, Forest Conservator Western Circle, migrating birds have begun to arrive in reservoirs in the Terai region, including Nanaksagar, Tumdiya Dam, Haripura, Baur, Baigul, and Dhaura Dam. This arrival began the first week of October. A significant number of migrating birds arrive here each year and remain until January. They set up makeshift camps in the reservoirs and are from Siberia all the way to Tibet. Asian Vulnic, Lesser Adjutant, Sarus Crane, Oriental Darter, Black Necked Stork, and Painted Stork are some of these species.
About sixteen different bird species were captured on camera during the Forest Department’s census last year. To identify any new species that may be settling in the Terai reservoirs, this year’s arrivals will be compared. All Divisional Forest Officers (DFOs) have also been instructed to establish distinct teams tasked with preserving migratory birds, keeping an eye on their movements, and stopping poaching. The bird counting method will benefit from the deployment of drones and cameras, and all DFOs have been directed to form teams specifically for this purpose.
The Kosi River, Ramganga River, and Tumadia Dam of Maldhan, which are all a part of the well-known Jim Corbett National Park, are all witnessing an influx of migrating birds. Travelers and bird enthusiasts come from far and wide to see these foreign visitors in the reservoirs, marking the start of a new migratory season.