BNHS to conduct study on migratory birds in Maharashtra wetlands
The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) is undertaking a five-year study of bird habitats and migratory routes in six wetlands in Maharashtra: Nandur-Madhmeshwar Sanctuary, Gangapur Dam, Jayakwadi Bird Sanctuary, Hatnur Dam, Ujjani Reservoir and Visapur Dam.
The Mangrove Foundation, an autonomous body under the state forestry department, signed a memorandum of understanding with the BNHS on Monday.
The project will cost Rs 2.77 crore and is an extension of research already underway by the BNHS, under the banner of “Elucidating the status of migratory waterbirds in the ornithologically significant wetlands of Maharashtra; Perspective of the Central Asian Flyway. ‘
Wetlands are ecologically important because they stabilize the coastline, control erosion and provide suitable habitat for plant and animal species. However, due to several development and agriculture activities across the state, these areas are under constant threat.
All six sites are part of the Central Asian Flyway (CAF), one of nine flyways identified under the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). It covers migratory bird routes across 30 countries with around 80% of routes passing through India.
“Migratory birds coming to Maharashtra mainly use the CAF which is one of the main migratory routes for birds from Central Asia to the Indian subcontinent and this study will help to understand population dynamics, movement patterns and dispersal, and threats to various migratory birds, using CAF, ”the Mangrove Foundation said in a statement on Monday.