Puri, Jan 3 (LocalWire) Odisha on Thursday began its annual counting of birds across the state.
Three teams of forest officials started the counting around 6 am at three routes of Brahmagiri forest division near Chilika Lake.
“Number of migratory birds has increased this year. We hope there is an increase in variety as well,” said Puri forest official Prashant Kumar Swain.
Bird census is also being conducted at various forest divisions in Mayurbhanj district, including Simlipal, Baripada, Rairangpur and Karanjia.
Birds are being counted across 90 water bodies in Deuli, Badajode, Paunsia, Bankabal and Suleipat as well.
“As per the preliminary enumeration, we have been able to detect around five species of birds so far,” said Betanoti range officer Ghanshyam Singh.
The bird census will be conducted at Chilika Friday onwards, while enumeration will start at Bhitarkanika and Hirakud from Sunday.