Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Surajpur wetland to open next week

Because the Gautam Budh Nagar district partial corona restrictions ease, the forest division mentioned it’s going to re-open the Okhla Chicken Sanctuary (OBS) subsequent week.

The chook sanctuary and Surajpur reserve forest and wetland have been closed for guests and borders on April 17 within the wake of rising coronavirus illness circumstances within the metropolis.

Although a number of the curfew eased within the district on Monday, forest officers mentioned they may observe the lockdown for per week extra to see if the Covid-19 circumstances rise once more.

“We’ve determined to open the sanctuary up for vacationers and birders subsequent week. Because the restrictions at the moment are being lifted partially, we’ve determined to look at the case tally for per week’s time to see in the event that they proceed to drop or at the very least don’t improve. After that solely will we open each the OBS and the Surajpur sanctuary by subsequent week,” mentioned the divisional forest officer (DFO), GB Nagar, PK Srivastava.

He added that the infrastructure work, together with the development of six huts at OBS, will proceed.

The OBS and Surajpur reserve forests have been shut in March 2020 when the district skilled first Covid-19 circumstances and a nationwide lockdown was imposed. Each the habitats have been reopened on September 15, 2020 with advisories.

The sanctuary, which is residence to about 350 species of birds, is unfold over an space of 400 hectares of which about 60% is water our bodies and attracts quite a lot of migratory birds throughout winters and passage migrants throughout summers.

The migratory birds begin arriving within the sanctuary by October, whereas their power reaches the height by December.

In line with the Asian Waterbird Census (AWC)-2021 by Wetlands Worldwide South Asia and the divisional forest division of Gautam Budh Nagar in January 2021, a complete of 8,068 birds of a complete of 73 species of water birds have been counted. Of those, 27 have been resident and native migratory species and 46 have been migratory species.

Among the many essential points of interest have been Black-headed Ibis (Indian resident), Black-tailed Godwit (Winter migratory from Central Asia), Widespread Pochard (Winter migratory from Central Asia), Painted Stork (Indian resident species), Better Noticed Eagle (Winter migratory migrates from Central Asia), Oriental Darter (Resident), River Lapwing (Resident), Ferruginous Duck (Winter migratory from Central Asia).

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