Govt launches nationwide bird counting drive


KATHMANDU, Nepal– Aiming to fix the total data of  the birds living in wetlands, the government has launched water birds counting drive in different national parks and watershed areas across the country from Saturday.

Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation, National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), Bird Education Society, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF),  among other organizations are supporting the drive.

‘A team comprising of  300 technicians and ornithologists are deployed for the task’, an official at the Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) informed.

The team would count for two weeks in five dozens sites of national parks, lake, wet land areas across the country beside studying their habitats and status.

According to ornithologists, a total of 875 species of birds are spotted in the country, among them approximately 200 species are found in wetlands and watersheds alone.

Conservationists have of the opinion that birds should also be given equal importance to major parks, wild life reserve and wet land areas.

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