The Bhitarkanika National Park and adjoining wetland areas have witnessed a decrease in the number of migratory birds this winter. The latest figures released by the forest department showed that 1,06,356 feathered species from trans-Himalayan region made a flight towards the Bhitarkanika wetland sites for their winter sojourn this year, while it stood at 1,13,226 last year.
Ten fishermen have been taken into custody by the Bhitarkanika National Park authorities in Odisha for illegal fishing activity in the core area of the Park, posing a danger to estuarine crocodiles and aquatic species.
The state forest department personnel on Wednesday rescued a 18.2 feet long Indian Rock Python in distressed condition from a haystack in Paramanandapur village on the fringes of Bhitarkanika National Park here.
Bhitarkanika National Park officials have rescued an endangered barn owl, which is a scheduled animal under the Wildlife Act, from a house in the village near to the forest in Odisha's Kendrapara district.
Three fishermen were arrested by forest personnel on charges of trespassing and carrying out illegal fishing into prohibited crocodile habitation corridors of Bhitarkanika National Park in Odisha's Kendrapara district.
Kendrapara: Three fishermen were arrested by forest personnel on charges of trespassing and carrying out illegal fishing into prohibited crocodile habitation corridors of Bhitarkanika National Park in Odisha's Kendrapara district.
Over 3,000 spotted deer and wild boars were found in Bhitarkanika national park in Odisha, according to a survey of mammals, first of its kind to be undertaken in the forest and wetland sites of the park.
Much to the delight of ornithologists, the Bhitarkanika National Park has played host to over 91,000 migrant water birds, registering a substantial rise in the number of winged guests this monsoon in comparison to the preceding year.