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Counting of vultures has started in Madhya Pradesh from today. Only sitting vultures are counted. – symbolic photo
- Counted in the last week of winter
- This work has been started from the year 2018
Counting has started from today to save and conserve vultures in Madhya Pradesh. It will start from sunrise till 3 am Monday. In all 16 circles and 8 protected areas of the state, vulture counting work will be done jointly by the officers and staff of Forest Department, volunteers of WWF, WWI, and volunteers and photographers. After computation, data compilation will be done in Van Vihar National Park, Bhopal.
The Chief Conservator of Forests and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Alok Kumar said that counting of state-wide vultures was started from the year 2018. In this, 7 thousand 28 vultures were estimated. In the year 2019, this number was found to be 8 thousand 398. The vulture calculation is done in two stages. The first phase is held in October-November and the second phase in January-February.
There are 7 species of vultures in the state
A total of 7 species of vultures have been found in Madhya Pradesh in surveys and studies conducted so far. Of these, 4 species are local and 3 species are migratory. They go back as soon as the winter season ends.
This is calculated as follows
Vultures are counted in the first stage when all species of vultures nest or lay their eggs and are ready to lay. In this case, there is convenience and accuracy in calculating them. Similarly, till the month of February, newborn vultures are released from the eggs in these nests and they are ready to fly. Therefore, the last time of winter is considered to be the best time to count vultures, so that local and migratory vultures can be properly counted.
These things are taken care of during calculations
The enumerators and volunteers reach the nests of the selected vultures in the first phase immediately after sunrise and count the vultures and their newborns sitting around the nests. In this, special care is taken that only the vultures sitting on the habitat are taken into account. Flying vultures are not counted. In the final phase, this year personnel of the forest department as well as bird experts, students, photographers and local citizens will play an active role in this calculation in various places across the state.