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Radio-collared Pong dam birds tracked to Mongolia,Caspian sea

Himachal Pradesh’s wildlife department has successfully tracked its radio-collared birds to Mongolia,the Caspian Sea,Bangladesh and Siberia,marking a major breakthrough in its pilot project.

Himachal Pradesh’s wildlife department has successfully tracked its radio-collared birds to Mongolia,the Caspian Sea,Bangladesh and Siberia,marking a major breakthrough in its pilot project to study the behavior and migration pattern of birds that visit the Pong Dam Lake.

Four out of 12 birds that had been fitted with the radio collar at Pong Dam have returned to the lake,while one bird,which had been tracked to Tamil Nadu a few days back is now visiting Chilka Lake in Orissa.

The radio collars,which are fitted with GPS (global positioning system),have provided vital clues to wild life authorities in Himachal Pradesh conducting studies on migratory birds. This year’s census shows that more than 1.30 lakh migratory birds have reached Pong Dam,which has emerged as the most favoured resting site for the migratory birds during the winter months.

At a function organised by Shimla-based NGO ‘Himachal Birds’,Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal announced that Pong Dam has surpassed Rajasthan’s Bharatpur bird sanctuary in the number of migratory birds that visit it. A very large number of birds are coming here from places like Siberia,Russia,Central Asia and the Tibet region.

Himachal’s Additional Chief Secretary (Forests) Sudipto Roy said,“Radio-collaring of migratory birds has generated a mass of interesting authentic data about the movement of these birds.” He said efforts of the department to protect Western Tragedian,an engendered Himalayan bird,has also started paying dividends as 12 chicks bred in captivity have survived and will soon be released into the forests. The CM also distributed prizes for winners of the ‘First Himachal Birds – Canon India Photo Contest’ for which 400 pictures of the birds had been received.