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Birders’ group completes waterfowl count in Goa

Birders’ group completes waterfowl count in Goa

13 Feb 2018 No comment 10 hits

Panaji: The Goa Bird Conservation Network (GBCN) recently completed a waterfowl count aimed at documenting wetland bird species across the state. The census, jointly conducted by the state forest department, is part of a global survey being carried out for Wetlands International, an organisation that works to sustain and restore wetlands.
A total of 16 wetlands including areas in Narve, Verna, the Bondvol lake at St Cruz, Morjim, Chapolim and the Chapora river mouth among others were covered, with volunteers listing their sightings on a portal called ‘e-bird’. The data was later analysed by the GBCN.

“The presence or absence of birds is a reliable indicator of the health of the wetland. From that sense, it is important to monitor the wetland for a longer period to understand what is happening to it,” GBCN founding president Parag Rangnekar, said.

The GBCN will submit the report to Wetlands International, following which a copy will be shared with the state forest department.

The group will also update the census of the Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Chorao, and will submit a report to the forest department.

The wildlife section of the state forest department is also in the process of compiling a census of carnivores beginning April.


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