Ratnanagar (Chitwan), January 10, 2015: The census of water birds has begun from today. The counting is aimed at determining the number of water birds available in the country and their present status, according to Bird Education Society Chair Tek Bahadur Gurung.
Water birds found in the protected areas, parks and wildlife reserves will be monitored during the 15-day campaign. The counting of water birds has begun in the Asia region simultaneously and Nepal has started it from the Chitwan National Park, Jagdsihpur Pond and Koshitappu Wildlife Reserve, Sunsari. Over 300 enumerators have been deputed in the census.
The census is expected to help come up with a new strategy for the protection of water birds. Nepal has been conducting the annual headcount of water birds since the past three decades.
Nepal is home to 875 species of birds, and of them 629 species have been found in Chitwan alone. There are around 200 varieties of bird living in watershed areas across the country.