Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Chilika, Jan 9:
The wildlife wing of the Forest Department concluded the the annual census of the migratory birds thronging Chilika Lake in Odisha where it registered a huge footfall as compared to the previous year.
The enumeration drive was conducted in association with Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and Chilika Development Authority (CDA).
As per official sources, 176 species of migratory birds have thronged Chilika Lake this year. While the official put the number of visitors this year at 9, 47, 119, the number was at 8, 58, 855 last year during winter at the 1,100 sq km brackish water lake.
The bird count was conducted at five ranges under Chilika forest division where experts in 20 groups fanned out in the area. The bird strength was jointly counted in Balugaon, Tangi, Chilika, Satapada and Rambha ranges.
Every year from November to February there is a crowd of foreign birds coming to Chilika.