Kendrapada, Sep 22:
The Mahabinayak reserve forest in Kendrapada district has become a safe haven for monsoon birds, thanks to the initiative of the Barunabanta Bana Suraksha Committee. The Committee, comprising people from the nearby villagers of the forest area, takes every care of these birds.
Not only in the forest, these birds also nest on roadside trees between the busy Dhanamandal Railway Station and Darpana tahasil.
“So far, we have sighted nearly 100 nests in our locality this year. The villagers are guarding the birds from poachers. The committee members also provide treatment to the birds if they get injured and repair the nests if they get destroyed due to wind and rain,” said Anirudhha Samantaray, president of the Committee.
About five bird species have formed nests in the banyan, peepal, neem and chakunda trees. The species are Open Bill Stork, Large Egret, Median Egret, Small Egret, Cattle Egret and Cormorant.
Monsoon birds usually come in the mid-June and stay till mid-November every year.
Praising the efforts of the villagers and the Committee, Cuttack DFO Sudarshan Behera said; “The Committee members and the villagers have done yeoman’s service for the conservation. They have also been very tolerant towards local water birds.”