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The Okhla Bird Sanctuary spreads over 400 hectares and recorded 21,061 water-birds of 115 species as per the annual census held by the forest department in February 2020 for the birding year of 2019-20.(HT PHOTO.)

Amid bird flu scare, forest dept shuts Surajpur for visitors, blocks parts of Okhla sanctuary

Hindustan Times, Noida | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 11:05 PM IST
Forest department officials also held an inspection at the Okhla Bird Sanctuary to check for any unusual death of avifauna and later issued a warning against bird flu. The officials said that a surveillance team will also be deployed at Dhanauri wetlands to keep an eye on any unusual activity.
A couple of greater flamingos traverse through shallow waters.(Photo Credit: Yogesh Kumar)
A couple of greater flamingos traverse through shallow waters.(Photo Credit: Yogesh Kumar)

Flights of fancy caught on camera at Dhanauri wetland

Hindustan Times, Noida | By Kushagra Dixit
PUBLISHED ON JUL 23, 2019 02:58 PM IST
Dhanauri is one of the best birding sites, home to about 211 species of which 119 are resident species.
Known to fly long distances with minimal rest, the garganey duck is first to arrive and last to leave.(HT Photo)
Known to fly long distances with minimal rest, the garganey duck is first to arrive and last to leave.(HT Photo)

Siberian bird in June heat at Dhanauri wetland surprises birders

Hindustan Times, Greater Noida | By Kushagra Dixit
PUBLISHED ON JUL 01, 2019 01:15 PM IST
Spotting the Siberian duck roosting and foraging towards the end of June at the 31 hectare Dhanauri wetland in Gautam Budh Nagar reflects potential for the revival of avifauna to the glory of the good old days, experts said.
There are nine criteria for being accepted as a Ramsar site, including that the site should support vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered species or threatened ecological communities.(HT Photo)
There are nine criteria for being accepted as a Ramsar site, including that the site should support vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered species or threatened ecological communities.(HT Photo)

India backs Dhanauri for international wetland tag

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2019 04:35 AM IST
On May 29, the environment ministry’s national river conservation directorate wrote to the principal secretary of the Uttar Pradesh forest department, asking them to propose Dhanauri for Ramsar site tag.
Assessments show that the wetland is spread over 100 hectares, and activists have been demanding its notification.(HT archive)
Assessments show that the wetland is spread over 100 hectares, and activists have been demanding its notification.(HT archive)

Uttar Pradesh forest department to notify only 25ha of Dhanauri wetland

New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 28, 2019 06:04 AM IST
Along with a proposal to notify Dhanauri under the Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2017, the proposal states that the International Crane Foundation will initiate a documentation of annual variation in numbers and distribution of sarus Cranes.
According to birders, there are two pairs of cranes near the main water body of the Dhanauri wetland in Noida, as well as 20 more pairs in the vicinity of the Surajpur wetland.(HT Photo)
According to birders, there are two pairs of cranes near the main water body of the Dhanauri wetland in Noida, as well as 20 more pairs in the vicinity of the Surajpur wetland.(HT Photo)

Two pairs of Sarus cranes, chicks spotted in Noida’s Dhanauri wetland

Hindustan Times, Noida | By Snehil Sinha
PUBLISHED ON SEP 24, 2018 01:50 PM IST
The sarus crane is the state bird of Uttar Pradesh and is seen mainly in western parts of the state.
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