As many as 564 bird species were reported from Himachal Pradesh in the Great Backyard Bird Count (GGBC) 2017 as per the data obtained from e-bird, which is nearly 45 per cent of the 1263 species found in India.
Till date, 2,833 bird check lists have been uploaded to eBird from all districts of Himachal Pradesh, with the highest number of species (453 bird species) being reported from Kangra district.
During four days of the GBBC-2017 conducted from February 17 to 20, 319 species were reported from across eight districts in Himachal, 83 bird check lists were uploaded to eBird, said Principal Chief Conservator of Forest cum Chief Wildlife Warden, Himachal S K Sharma.
The data was contributed by nearly 50 bird watchers, including staff of the state Forest Department and volunteers, and a detailed report is under preparation.
In 2017, the Wildlife Wing of the state forest department took a pioneering initiative to participate in the GBBC and the PCCF and Chief Wildlife Warden, S K Sharma spearheaded this initiative while Lakshminarasimha R, zoo biologist and Santosh Thakur, Wildlife Guard, coordinated the entire exercise by collating and analysing the data.
Story: The Tribune