Annual waterbird census begins in Koshi Tappu

Inaruwa, January 6

A census of waterbirds in wetlands of Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve in eastern Nepal has begun on Saturday.

A census of the aquatic birds in and around Koshi Tappu has been initiated in order to find out the number and the situation of such birds, says Coordinator of Koshi Birds Society in Sunsari, Anis Timsena.

The census is being carried out jointly by the Society, Himali Prakriti, Nepal Ornithologists Association and the Wildlife Reserve.

The counting of the birds began on Saturday from Saptakoshi River in Chatara to Prakashpur in the northern border of the Reserve.

The census is expected to help the government develop a strategy for the protection of the waterbirds, says Joint Secretary of the Society Sanjiv Acharya.

The census will be carried out for five days.

A total of 14 people divided into two groups are simultaneously working in the census work. They are using boats, safari jeeps, cameras, binoculars and telescopes to carry out the census.

Census of waterbirds in the Reserve is taking place every January for the past seven years.

The latest census showed that there are 526 species of birds in the reserve area, of which 56 are waterbirds.

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