It's time for the wildlife lovers to rejoice.
The final figure of saras headcount has been declared and number of the state bird has gone up from 7,155 in 2008 to 12,246 in 2010.
The state forest department along with wildlife NGOs carried out the one-day Saras census in 71 districts of the state on June 20 last. The figures have sprung a surprise even for the forest officials as most of them were expecting the number to go down as compared to last census. So much so that Principal Chief Conservator of forest (Wildlife) BK Patnaik had to come up with an explanation to justify the latest Saras count. "In 2008 census, a random sampling of saras was done. But in the current census total bird count was done in all 71 districts of the state," says Patnaik. The techniques used in 2008 and the latest census was also different
And, therefore, the figures of both the census cannot be compared, he adds.
State convener of Indian Bird Conservation Network Neeraj Srivastav says the latest figures of Saras, which mainly stays around the wetlands and open forest area and avoids dense vegetation, are encouraging for wildlife lovers.