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144 species spotted in Goa’s maiden wetland bird census

144 species spotted in Goa’s maiden wetland bird census
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The first-ever bird census has recorded 144 bird species and 9,992 birds across Goa’s 23 wetlands which includes four vulnerable and five near-threatened species, according to experts.

A first of its kind wetland bird census called the All Goa Waterfowl Count (AGWC) was conducted by the Goa Bird Conservation Network (GBCN) in association with BirdCount India (BCI) in two phases, on January 18, 2015 covering North Goa district and January 25, 2015 covering South Goa district.

The aim of the AGWC- 2015 was to conduct census of wetland birds at all wetlands of major importance in the state simultaneously, a press release said here.

Teams comprising of expert birders and volunteers covered important wetlands in the two districts of the state conducting total bird counts on both the days.

This exercise resulted in a total of 36 birders making 22 hours of observations throughout the state (15.5 hours in North Goa and 6.5 hours in South Goa).

All the data generated during the census has been uploaded on eBird, an international bird data repository platform and is available for wider community to access.

A total of 144 species of birds were reported from the wetlands and 9922 individual birds were counted.

Total 16 wetlands in North Goa district and seven in South Goa district were covered on both the days. During the census, nine threatened species (4 vulnerable and 5 near-threatened) of birds have been reported from the state.
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