Bird Count: 12,314 species of birds flock to Pong Dam Lake

The Pong Dam Wildlife Sanctuary in Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh has become the favorite joint for the birds that migrate from Siberia and Central Asia, according to a report dated July 1, 2015.

The Pong Dam Lake, which is spread over a sprawling 307 square km, is also called the Maharana Pratap Sagar.

Around 12,314 birds, 90 species of Butterflies and 18 snake species have made home at the Pong Dam Lake according to the Wildlife Forest department wing

The Sanctuary was divided into 15 segments, and a team of more than 40 Wildlife wing people conducted the bird count on June 23, 2015.

The bird count research revealed that there were 423 bird species, 18 snake species, 90 butterflies species, 24 mammals and 27 fish species were identified at the sanctuary.

Tarun Sridhar, of the Forest Department, said, ““Each section was thoroughly traversed by different teams, both on land and along shores, with a group comprising 2-4 members with a monitor.

“On the completion of the day-long exercise, the count was 12,314 wetland birds of different species.”

The reservoir is a popular wildlife sanctuary and is one of the 25 International wetland sites declared in India.

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