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After tigers now it is time to count birds in Karnataka

MYSORE: Why only tigers even birds which form part of the wild life ecosystem seems to be as important as other wild animals for the forest department officials. This is the reason which has prompted them to take up the census of birds in Cauvery wild life sanctuary encompassing the seven forest ranges of Male Mahadeshwara hills immediately on the heels of tiger census. 

At the same time on Saturday officials and volunteers involved in this census appeared to be a delighted lot with they tracing the presence of some endangered bird species such as crested serpent eagle and white naped tit . 

For the first time department has taken up the bird census in Cauvery wild life sanctuary and this is almost a first large scale effort in the state. Though the census is being conducted jointly by three wings of the forest department, the bird census is said to be the brainchild of Jungle lodge resorts managing director Vijay Mohan Raj who carried out similar exercise in 
Biligiri Rangana Temple (BRT) wild life sanctuary in 2012 when he was heading the latter . 

The three day census programmes chalked out jointly by Karnataka forest department, Karnataka eco-tourism wing and Jungle lodge resorts came to end on Sunday . Totally 19 teams consisting 80 selected volunteers trekked the 38 trails of the seven forest ranges.

As per the records forest officials have listed the existence of 261 bird species in this Cauvery wild life sanctuary and of them couple are the most endangered species. 

According to official sources census which will come to end on Sunday evening will couple of days for the officials to compile the data and come out with a report.

Talking to TOI Cauvery wild life sanctuary DCF Vasantha Reddy said volunteers will count the species of the birds they come across and not their numbers. " We have a record of 261 bird species existing in this sanctuary and this census will help us to asses whether any bird species has vanished or thriving in the area" he said , adding that volunteers have been asked to concentrate more on the endangered species of birds along with routine one. "

Sighting of white naped tit and crested serpent eagle both being the most endangered species is a good sign which indicated the fact that still these species exist in the area" he said .

This is for the second bird census is being done on a large scale in the state , he claimed, giving credit to his senior and Jungle lodge resorts MD Vijay Mohan Raj who is keen on the issue .

The Times of India (12-01-2014)