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IISER students count 74 species of birds in Punjab

Punjab occupies the 16th position in total species count.

Students of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research have counted 74 species of birds in Punjab which is considered as a rare feat for the institute.

The students also took part in the annual event of Great Backward Birds Count (GBBC).

Dr Arvind, the dean of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), said the counting of the bird species is an important exercise to know that which species are endangered and what kind of attention is needed to save them.

“Bird species of Punjab are finding it very difficult to survive as forest cover has reduced to less than 3 per cent. So, the counting of the species is an important exercise and the students of the IISER has done a good job. After counting the species , we will also categroise that how many endangered,” he said.
While terming the campuses as an ideal place for protecting the birds, Arvind said if the campuses carry out their landscaping in an eco-friendly manner, these can become places where these birds can find a home.

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He said in the past five years, IISER has documented the presence of a large numbers of bird species on its campus and they are providing home to the birds.

Arvind added that last year, 4,300 bird species were counted in 135 countries and India was the major contributor with 800 species counts.
There were total 77 species counted in Punjab and 74 were by the students of the IISER.

Punjab occupies the 16th position in total species count.