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Dry spell unlikely to have any impact on migratory birds in Kashmir

Dry spell unlikely to have any impact on migratory birds in Kashmir

Wetlands abuzz as 10 lakh avians flock to valley; Wildlife official says ample water available in wetlands

Srinagar: Despite the prolonged dry spell in Kashmir, a large number of migratory birds have arrived in the region to maintain their centuries-old tradition of wintering in the wetlands of Kashmir.

The birds have arrived in Kashmir from countries including China, Russia, Japan, Central Asia and European countries. Kashmir has about 400 lakes, and 25 of them are picked by migratory birds for their winter stay.

Talking to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Ifshan Deewan, Wildlife Warden of the Wetlands Division Kashmir, said nearly 10 lakh migratory birds are presently in all wetlands of Kashmir while there was not any impact of dry spell.

“Approximately 8-10 lakh migratory birds grace the wetlands of the Kashmir valley, with Hokarsar wetland alone hosting 3-4 lakh of these feathered visitors. The final figures will arrive in February after a comprehensive census,” she said.

Contrary to expectations, the dry spell has not cast a shadow over the well-being of these migratory guests, Ifshan said.

She said that ample water reserves in wetlands like Hokarsar and Shalbugh have shielded the avian residents from any adverse effects.

“At this time, no harmful impact on wetlands has been seen due to the dry spell in the valley. We are monitoring the system on a daily basis,” she said.

Wetlands Warden said that the department has taken multiple measures to transform all wetlands into habitable spaces, resulting in a notable surge of bird activity—(KNO)

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