Migratory Birds Being Counted in Kashmir

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KL Desk

SRINAGAR

For the first time in valley, Wildlife Department has started international water birds census.

Earlier on Monday, the counting of water birds, in a bid to attract tourism as well, started.

Kashmir, which is famous for its natural beauty and water bodies, attract thousands of migratory birds.

A team was formed for the work, which used special binoculars and other gadgets.

“This is happening for the first time in Jammu and Kashmir at the international level as many migratory birds come here. We always keep a note of how many and what species of birds come here,” said a member of the census team, Ishtiyaq Ahmad.

Meanwhile, wildlife warden of Hokersar wetland, Imtiyaz Ahmad Lone, said that the census will be carried out with the help of volunteers.

“The department has made special arrangements for counting of birds and we have involved students, scholars and NGOs in it,” he said.

Lone said that this was a chance to popularize the wetlands in the valley and the census would help create interest among people and attract bird lovers to the wetlands.

More than 500,000 migratory birds are in Hokersar wetland.

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