About 15 wildlife reserves, 16 bird sanctuaries and five national parks where the massive exercise would be taken up by more than 40 institutions, NGOs and scientific groups.
The third and final phase of the Tamil Nadu Synchronized Bird Count 2022, to be held on March 26-27, would focus on landbirds in all protected areas and important bird habitat locations across the state , according to Shekhar Kumar Niraj, Senior Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden, on Saturday, March 12.
The Forestry Department has identified 15 wildlife sanctuaries, 16 bird sanctuaries and five national parks where the massive exercise would be taken up by more than 40 institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and scientific and civil society groups, the official said. Forestry Department. Around one million birds of around 80 different species were sighted in the first phase I synchronized Tamil Nadu Bird Count 2022 conducted on 28-29 January across 13 coastal districts. A synchronized survey is carried out to obtain a roughly accurate population estimate of resident and migratory waterbirds while examining species richness and diversity and analyzing changing trends due to various environmental stressors.
Around 40,000 flamingos have been recorded in the state with the maximum at Point Calimere (around 20,000), followed by Valinokkam (10,000), Dhanushkodi (2,000), Thoothukudi (2,000) and Kanyakumari (600) in addition from those of other minor sites. Large congregations of waders, a number of uncommon species such as the Eurasian Curlew, Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstone, congregations of ducks and large populations of terns were spotted.
The second phase conducted on February 12-13 covering 339 wetlands in 25 districts of the state, including the popular Vedanthangal sanctuary near here, was carried out to estimate the population of resident and migratory waterfowl. In the second phase, Tirunelveli district recorded the highest population of waterfowl with numbers over 33,000 out of 41 waterfowl species.
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