Hindustan Times (Jammu)

In­creased bird di­ver­sity at Agra’s Sur Sarovar this year

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Hemen­dra Chaturvedi

The re­cently held Asian Wa­ter bird Cen­sus (AWC) 2021 has found that Sur Sarovar Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary in Agra recorded in­creased wa­ter bird di­ver­sity this year. How­ever, due to fluc­tu­at­ing wa­ter level in Sur Sarovar, many of the mi­gra­tory ma­jor species did not ar­rive.

TK Roy , ecol­o­gist and con­ser­va­tion­ist, AWC Delhi and state co­or­di­na­tor of Wet­lands In­ter­na­tional in­formed that the cen­sus was done be­tween Jan­uary 2 to 17 this year in 27 coun­tries si­mul­ta­ne­ously across Asia and Aus­trala­sia.

“AWC sup­ports con­ser­va­tion of wet­lands and wa­ter birds world­wide. AWC data helps to pro­mote the des­ig­na­tion and man­age­ment of in­ter­na­tion­ally im­por­tant sites such as na­tion­ally pro­tected ar­eas, Ram­sar Sites (wet­lands of in­ter­na­tional im­por­tance) , IBA (in­creased bird di­ver­sity at Agra’s Sur Sarovar this year )Sites and also helps in iden­ti­fy­ing and pro­tect­ing new sites of im­por­tance for wa­ter birds. The re­sults of the cen­sus and in­for­ma­tion are also used to pro­mote na­tional wa­ter bird and wet­land con­ser­va­tion and in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion along the Cen­tral Asian Fly­way and East Asian – Aus­tralasian Fly­way,” in­formed Roy.

“Due to global cli­mate change im­pact, this year there was de­layed win­ter, slow and late mi­gra­tion and ar­rival of lesser num­ber of win­ter mi­gra­tory wa­ter birds from Cen­tral and North Asia, including Rus­sia and Siberia, in com­par­i­son to pre­vi­ous years,” in­formed Roy.

“Sur Sarovar Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary in Agra is a unique wet­land lo­cated on the bank of river Ya­muna. It is one of 467 IBA Sites in In­dia hav­ing rich birdlife di­ver­sity, es­pe­cially for win­ter mi­gra­tory birds for con­gre­ga­tion, roost­ing and nest­ing/breed­ing habi­tat where res­i­dent species breed thou­sands in num­bers dur­ing sum­mer-mon­soon pe­riod and is also a newly des­ig­nated Ram­sar Site in In­dia,” he said. “In col­lab­o­ra­tion with Na­tional Cham­bal Sanc­tu­ary Project, Ut­tar Pradesh Wildlife De­part­ment and in ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of the vol­un­teers from Dr B R Ambed­kar Uni­ver­sity, Agra, Wildlife SOS, Agra, Bio­di­ver­sity Re­search & De­vel­op­ment So­ci­ety, Agra and sanc­tu­ary wildlife staff, AWC 2021 was suc­cess­fully car­ried out at Sur Sarovar Bird Sanc­tu­ary this year,” said Roy.

 ?? SOURCE ?? A flock of Great Cor­morants at Sur Sarovar in Agra.
SOURCE A flock of Great Cor­morants at Sur Sarovar in Agra.

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