Khurda: Just as winged guests have started making Chilika their temporary abode this winter, the annual bird counting has been initiated in the State.
The census began today morning by members of 21 teams. For the annual counting, about 1000 members were given adequate training at a Chandraput Training and Research Institute at Chilika.
Counting of birds, both country and foreign, is being conducted in wildlife ranges of Nalabana, Mangalajodi, Sorana, Chandraput, Bhusandapur, Balugaon, Rambha, Brahmagiri, Satapada, Chilika, and Nuapada, said Chilika DFO Alok Ranjan Hota.
With mercury dropping a few notches, it is being expected that the count of migratory birds would be good this year, added Hota.
It is important to note here that Chilika is the largest brackish water lake in the world and attracts migratory birds from as far as Caspian Sea, Lake Baikal, remote parts of Russia, Central and South-East Asia, Ladakh and Himalayas. They start their return journey on the onset of summer.