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Shrirangapatna: Second bird census of the season was held at Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary on Sunday, under guidance of international ecologists, in association with the Forest Department and Mysuru Bird Watchers’ Group.
Hundred volunteers from various parts of the state, led by ecologist T.K. Roy commenced the census at 5.30 a.m. and concluded at 10.30 a.m. The objective of the census is to gather data of the bird species harboured in the bird sanctuary. They observed the movements of the birds.
The volunteers identified nearly 120 species of birds, including the spot-billed pelican, painted stork, egret, stone plover, Ibis, and Baya Weaver.
Deputy Conservator of Forests V. Yedukondalu said the first bird census was held in March and the plan is to conduct a census- four times a year as the sanctuary harbours different species during different times to create a robust database.
The first bid for international wetland site for Ranganathittu is expected to take a year for formality completion, and the proposal will be submitted for consideration during the international meet of the countries that are signatories to the Ramsar Convention, after meeting the criteria.
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