This was after the first-ever Asian Waterbirds Census (AWC), carried out by UNDP on January 15 & 16 on the NTPC Dadri complicated, recorded as many as 45 chicken species, together with some endangered, weak and threatened varieties like Ferruginous Pochards (close to threatened), Frequent Pochards (weak) and Egyptian vultures (endangered). Officers mentioned the Dadri website will now be recorded within the AWC circuit and now on, the chicken census can be carried out yearly to watch the wetland. “We all the time had this water physique as a part of our panorama, and birds have been coming yearly, however that is the primary time a census of this stature has been carried out and we’re pleasantly stunned with the findings,” C Sivakumar, group normal supervisor of NTPC, advised TOI.
Actually, three groups of consultants from UNDP’s Pure Useful resource Administration and Biodiversity division carried out the survey on the request of the Ministry of Surroundings, Forests and Local weather-change. The groups have been headed by UNDP’s Ruchi Pant. The survey was carried out in collaboration with the Wetlands Worldwide, South Asia, and the International Tiger Discussion board.
Of the birds detected, 42 chicken species have been categorized as ‘wetland dependent.’ Among the many most 42 chicken species found on the website have been Frequent Coots (97), adopted by 72 Northern Shovelers, 63 Spot-billed geese, 31 Nice Cormorants, 52 Frequent Teals and 18 Little Grebes. Varied different species have been current in single or double digits, together with a Pink-naped Ibis couple. The vast majority of the birds proceed to roost there.Based on the UNDP report, some weak endangered and close to threatened species have been additionally found on the website — together with 30 Ferruginous Pochards (close to threatened), 30 Frequent Pochards (weak) and two Egyptian vultures (endangered).
“The wetland complicated is a stopover website for all kinds of geese, geese and different waterbirds because it gives a comparatively undisturbed habitat. The wetland complicated additionally helps RET (uncommon, endangered and threatened) species similar to Ferruginous Pochard and Darter. The wetland consists majorly of areas with deep water which offer meals within the type of invertebrates and fish for the waterbirds,” mentioned Pant, head of UNDP’s NRM & Biodiversity division.
“Nonetheless, in contrast with Dhanauri, the inhabitants sizes of waterbirds similar to bar-headed geese and others have been discovered to be decrease because of the measurement of the wetland complicated. Because the complicated is away from city areas, the birds get pleasure from a secure haven, away from a densely populated human habitation. A pair of Egyptian vultures noticed right here is an endangered species,” she added.
UNDP has additionally supplied NTPC Dadri a set of tips to assist preserve the wetland and its ecology and has harassed that the survey needs to be carried out yearly, aside from long-term research.
They’ve additionally recommended organising watchtowers for facilitating future census actions.