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CM Khattar to release data on migratory and local birds in Sultanpur

CM Khattar will visit Sultanpur National Park on the concluding day of the Wildlife Week

gurgaon Updated: Oct 07, 2017 23:02 IST
Ipsita Pati
Ipsita Pati
Hindustan Times
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The Sultanpur National Park draws migratory birds every winter.(HT FILE)

Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar will preside over the conclusion of wildlife week celebration at Sultanpur National park in the outskirts of Gurgaon, on Monday.

This year, Khattar will release data on migratory and local birds that visit Sultanpur park every year. This event is an extension to the Wildlife Week that started on October 2 and will continue till October 8.

The event aims to sensitise people on the bio-diversity of the region and raise awareness about birds and wildlife that inhabit the region.

The event will also see the launch of battery cart, which will take visitors into the ‘duck point’, thus enabling them to get a glimpse of the migratory birds.

“This move came after the officers at the park spotted few visitors harming the birds. The battery carts will take the visitors in a controlled manner and will also monitor their behaviour while around migratory birds,” Vinod Kumar, conservator of wildlife, south Haryana, said.

He also mentioned that the carts will not disturb birds and all precautionary measures will be taken to avoid any incidents that might endanger birds that visit the park from far-off lands.

More than 250 species of winter migratory and resident birds visit the park every year. While there are some species of resident birds, many others come from Siberia, Europe, central Asia and Afghanistan. Some of the migratory birds also use Sultanpur as a stopover point before heading further south.

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White-backed Vulture, Long-billed Vulture, Red-headed Vulture, Sarcogyps Calvus and Siberian Crane are among the critically endangered species spotted last year, said the park authority.

With winter knocking on the city’s door and the temperature going down, the region has started seeing the arrival of migratory birds. “By mid-October, the region should also experience the arrival of ducks from Siberia and Europe,” Shyam Sunder Kaushik, divisional wildlife officer, Gurgaon, said.

First Published: Oct 07, 2017 23:02 IST