Agra : Documentation throughout Wetlands Worldwide’s annual Asian Waterbird Census has revealed shortfall in variety of species of migratory birds and their whole quantity at Jodhpur Jhal, the 151-acre wetland in Mathura district .
The census revealed that there was a fall each in variety of species and whole variety of birds at this lately recognized wetland in the border space of Agra and Mathura . The decline was attributed to world local weather change impression, lesser monsoon rainfall and later winter.
A survey report of Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) at Jodhpur Jhal in Mathura recorded fewer waterbirds this yr as in comparison with previous years.
“Water birds are the important thing indicators of a wetland’s well being and prevelant ecological situations. A wetland gives roosting and foraging habitat for wetland birds. International local weather change, lesser rainfall typically depart the wetland dried up, or decrease the water degree . A delayed winter slows down or delays migration of lengthy distant migratory water birds,” mentioned T Okay Roy, ecologist and ornithologist working as AWC Delhi state coordinator for Wetlands Worldwide South Asia. “In collaboration with Biodiversity Analysis & Improvement Society, Agra and in energetic participation of the PhD scholar volunteers from Dr B R Ambedkar College, Agra the fourth AWC 2024 was carried out at Jodhpur Jhal on January 16 by the AWC State Coordinator Delhi, Wetlands Worldwide South Asia (WISA),” mentioned Roy.
There have been 45 species this yr at Jodhpur Jhal as in comparison with 54 species that landed in 2023 at this habitat . These 45 species included 19 resident species and 26 species from different components of the continent and Europe. Final yr, there have been 22 resident species and 32 species from outdoors the nation, mentioned Roy.
“Nevertheless, there was a fall in the variety of migratory birds reaching this water ody. When in comparison with 1,758 waterbirds arriving in 2023, there have been solely 932 waterbirds this yr,” highlighted Roy, who led the survey at Soor Sarovar on January 16.
Roy opined that the water degree at Jodhpur Jhal was additionally low , which lessened the variety of birds which swim, however variety of birds strolling on water floor remained regular this yr.
Wetlands Worldwide’s annual ‘Asian Waterbird Census’ helped promote designation and administration of internationally vital websites reminiscent of nationally protected areas, Ramsar Websites and Websites, claimed the ecologist.