KAZIRANGA, Jan 18 - With the emergence of encouraging figures of individual head count of various bird species during the two-day census at the Kaziranga National Park, wildlife experts have felt the need to declare Kaziranga as a Ramsar site. Already Kaziranga National Park is an Important Bird Area ( IBA).
The total number of individual head count of birds was 24,410 from both Eastern Assam Wildlife Division, (which counted 19, 225 birds) and Biswanath Wildlife Division (which counted 5,185) under Kaziranga National Park.
According to Uttam Saikia, Wildlife Warden, Kaziranga National Park needs to be declared as an Ramsar site and the concerned authority must place a proposal before the competent authority. He said that habitat of Kaziranga forest remains very suitable for different birds species including the bar headed goose, pelicans, eagles etc. He informed that this time a very rare species, the ‘Tundra Swan’ was found in Kohora central range which was not found in any earlier census.
Saikia said that tourism in the wildlife area must be controlled to reduce human interference in Kaziranga and ensure better forest management.
In Eastern Assam Wildlife Division, 96 different species of birds were recorded during this census program which was carried out in 21 different beels at 38 different spots. Twenty-two bird specialists were engaged as enumerators and 31 students from different local colleges participated as volunteers.
Similarly, in Biswanath Wildlife Division under Kaziranga National Park, 65 different bird species were found at 28 beels at 14 various spots. Here bird census was carried out in the char chapori areas.