Okhla Bird Sanctuary opens after 5 months

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Okhla Bird Sanctuary opens after 5 months

Wednesday, 16 September 2020 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

With all precautions and instructions for ornithologists, Okhla Bird Sanctuary opened on Tuesday after five months of lockdown.

Forest official told to The Pioneer that to monitor the birds cameras have been installed, a new command centre, sitting at birding point, shelters and signage have been fitted parallel to the canal for uttermost bird watching experience.

Spread over 2.5 km long stretch, the bird sanctuary is favourite spot for bird watchers and been declared eco-sensitive zone of the Gautam Buddh Nagar district, Noida (UP).

The sanctuary was shut for bird watchers due to Covid-19 pandemic.

According to ornithologists, the sanctuary is a home for 300 plus Indian birds while migratory birds also pay visit for breeding during the harsh winter span of three to four months.

To contain the virus spread in sanctuary vicinity, contactless sanitiser stand is placed at the entry point while official has been appointed to monitor the temperature of visitors.

“Visitors will be scanned for temperature, hands will be sanitised, mask is essential,” we have installed signboard to keep aware visitors.”

Interestingly, to keep accurate count, the administration has installed camera to motor birds for the upcoming birding season — October 2020 to March 2021.

With different 115 species, the bird sanctuary has a record of hosting 21,000 birds. Closest to Delhi, the bird sanctuary is a centre of attraction for bird watchers, ecologists and ornithologists.

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