SUBJECT :Migratory birds of different species have started arriving at the Kulik Bird Sanctuary of Raiganj, about a month ahead of their usual time. 

Raiganj (West Bengal), June 19, 2018: Migratory birds of different species have started arriving at the Kulik Bird Sanctuary of Raiganj, about a month ahead of their usual time.

The development has left foresters and bird lovers' elated, who have high hopes that the number of birds will cross the one hundred thousand mark this year.

Last year, around 93,000 birds had been there at the sanctuary and this year, already 30,000-odd birds are there by now.

We are confident that more birds will reach in next threefour months and this year, it will be a new record here," said Diparna Dutta, the divisional forest officer of Raiganj.

The sanctuary is located three kilometres from here off NH-34 and on the bank of Kulik River. Egret, cormorant, night heron, open-billed stork are some of the species commonly seen at the sanctuary which reach here from north-eastern parts of Asia every year.

They make nests, hatch eggs and leave for their destinations by December after the hatchlings start flying.

Sources at the department said back in 2011, the number of birds had come down. This had made them call Gopinath Maheswaran, an ornithologist, to find out the reason.

According to his suggestions, water bodies were dug in the sanctuary to ensure that the birds get adequate food and water. Also, the adjoining stretch of the highway was declared a "silence zone" and entry of visitors were restricted deep inside the forest during breeding period of the birds.


Source: Telegraph India