Berhampur, May 20 (LocalWire): Wildlife officials are gearing up for the enumeration of different birds in Chilika Lake during the scorching summer on Tuesday.
Around 60 staff of the Chilika wildlife division will be engaged for the summer head count of birds in the lake.
The enumeration will be held from 6.00 a.m. to noon across the 1100 sqkm lake, said divisional forest officer, Chilika wildlife division, Bikash Ranjan Das today.
‘The count will also reveal the impact of Fani on the birds here,’ he said.
Several migratory birds which had flown in to the blue-lagoon during winter had been seen in the lake before the cyclone hit the state, sources said.
Chilika hosted 10, 47,868 birds of 181 different species during last winter. These included 10, 21,563 waterfowls of 105 different species and 26,405 water dependant birds of 76 other species.
Majority of the 3, 93,541 had taken shelter in Nalabana, the bird sanctuary inside the blue lagoon, officials said.
The migratory birds mostly from the regions beyond Himalayas in Northern Eurasia, Caspian region, Siberia, Kazakh, Lake Baikal and remote places of Russia and various areas of other neighbouring countries visit Chilika to escape the biting winter in their native places.
Last summer, officials said as many as 50541 birds of 92 different species were found in the lake during the counting of birds.
Of these, 43043 of 52 species and 7498 of 45 species were detected as water-fowls and resident birds, respectively, officials said.