Bhubaneswar: The annual census of migratory birds at Chilika Lake began this morning by the wildlife wing of the Forest Department.
Enumerators had been provided training on methods of counting yesterday. Teams involving forest and wildlife personnel have been engaged to enumerate birds, both country and foreign fowls, said the officials.
Enumeration will be done in all five ranges, Ramba, Satapada, Nuapada, Balugaon and Tangi under the Chilika forest division, they added.
Winged guests from places as far off as the Caspian Sea, Lake Baikal, remote parts of Russia, central and southeast Asia, Ladakh and the Himalayas descend on Chilika every winter for feeding and roosting.
Last year, over 8.58 lakh migratory birds have thronged the Asia’s largest blackish water lake against 7.61 lakh in 2015-16 and 7.19 lakh in the preceding winter.