Officers and employees of Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board, Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra, Gorewada Zoo Project and Nagpur Municipal Corporation jointly conducted Asian Waterbird Census 2022 at Gorewada lake recently. They watched 35 species of resident and migratory birds and counted 352 birds in all during the day.
National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai, had given direction to conduct this census programme. The personnel gathered as the lake in the morning for counting and knowing the birds. Experts like Dr Anil Pimplapure from BNHS, Dipak Sawant, Co-ordinator, Rohit Hajare, General Curator, Nilesh Mede, Engineer, Anant Kotewar, Guide and Rushikesh Satpute, Bird Watcher, gave information about importance of birds in nature conservation, different species of birds, effects of destroying habitats, encroachment, poaching, care to ensure that rare birds do not become extinct etc.
They covered three km track to understanding birds at Gorewada wetland. Members from NMCâ€™s Biodiversity Committee, officers and employees provided active cooperation to the programme. Kalpana Temgire, Mohan Naikwadi, both Divisional Forest Officers, Amol Chourpagar, Garden Superintendent, and others co-ordinated the programme.