THoD Newsdesk, Indore: In a first-ever survey conducted at the Sardarpur Wildlife Sanctuary by the Forest Department along with bird experts from all across MP, 81 species of birds were spotted in the park. This group of bird experts from Wildlife Warriors claim that many of these birds out of this lot are not usually spotted in this region. Sardarpur Sanctuary has been previously known amidst ornithologists for the spotting of Lesser Florican, an endangered species from the bustard family.
Simultaneously, Madhya Pradesh government is also making arrangements towards the “denotification of 318 sq km area from the sanctuary” as the farmers of the region have been demanding the authorities to have their fields removed from the confines of the sanctuary. The use of pesticides on the farmland was also a key factor which had been keeping the endangered species away from the area. Now with this venture forward, there are expectations that rare species of birds will be returning to the state’s skies here and it may also lead to a comeback of the Lesser Florican. Out of the 81 winged travellers, Montagu’s Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Paddyfield Pipit, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Eurasian Collared-Doves are some of the names which have been highlighted.
In the bird survey, an Indore-based commented, “The sanctuary is protected haven for birds and birds are essential to our ecosystem, especially if we intent to keep the state from losing its cool and fresh air.” He further explained that when birds travel, they take the seeds they have eaten with them and disperse them through their droppings. “They bring plants back to ecosystems that have been destroyed, and even carry plants across the sea to new landmasses. Birds have helped to shape the plant life we see around us – and around the world,” he was quoted saying.