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Census of migratory birds from Jan 29

The Wildlife Department is all set to start census of migratory birds in the Pong lake. The wetland, also known as Maharana Pratap Sagar, is sprawling over 207 sq km in Kangra district. Last year around 1.23 lakh migratory birds had arrived here. According to an estimate, around 1.05 lakh birds of 85 species have arrived here so far.

According to Subash Prashar, Divisional Forest Officer, Hamirpur, the department is scheduled to start the census of migratory birds on January 29 and 30.

"For this purpose, the department used to take the assistance of NGOs and institutes such as the Wildlife Institute of India, Geological Survey of India, Bird Wildlife Fund for Nature and Bombay National History Society of India," he said.

The participants will arrive at the lake on January 28 for making arrangements of the census.

This is the first major wetland, offering transitory place for migratory birds such as bar-headed geese, pintails, ruddy shaddock, coots, pochards, cormorants and mallards. To check poaching of these migratory birds, the department has set up a van
thana at Nagrota Surian headed by a deputy ranger. A team of field staff of the Wildlife Department is keeping a check.

The Tribune (23-01-2014)