Indian Kashmir begins bird census at Himalayan wetlands

HOKERSAR, India -- A meticulous counting of waterbirds began Tuesday in the wetlands and marshes of India's portion of the Himalayan region of Kashmir, which attracts species migrating from as far as northern Europe and Japan.

See Full Article

More than 100 wildlife officials and volunteers were performing the region's second formal census, after scientists for years criticized less formal counts as unreliable.

Since last year, however, Kashmir's wildlife officials have been working as part of the global effort led by environment groups in accounting for the world's waterbirds.

"In earlier years, let's admit, it was always an estimation, a guess work," wildlife warden Imtiyaz Lone said. "Now we're counting birds in a proper scientific way according to the internationally accepted guidelines."

Last year's census counted over half a million waterbirds visiting 13 wetlands in Kashmir. This year's two-day count includes up to 21 wetlands. The results will be released in about a month.

Experts have said they expect the total number of birds visiting is declining because of habitat degradation and climate changes including more erratic rainfall.

"We're already witnessing substantial decline in the numbers. Unfavourable climate coupled with lesser precipitation this year are the major factors to this declining trend," Lone said.



Advertisements

Latest Tech & Science News

  • Experts release new details about 300-year-old shipwreck discovered near Colombia

    Tech & Science CTV News
    BOSTON - A Spanish galleon laden with gold that sank to the bottom of the Caribbean off the coast of Colombia more than 300 years ago was found three years ago with the help of an underwater autonomous vehicle operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the agency disclosed for the first time. Source
  • China's lunar mission dubbed potentially historic by experts

    Tech & Science CTV News
    BEIJING - Experts say China's ambition to soft-land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon later this year faces considerable challenges but if successful, would put its space program in the forefront of one of the most important areas of lunar exploration. Source
  • Montreal researchers use willows to decontaminate polluted soil, groundwater

    Tech & Science CTV News
    MONTREAL -- In an east-end Montreal neighbourhood, a polluted piece of former industrial land has become a garden. Willows sway in the breeze, creating a pleasant green space as the plants slowly reverse decades of industrial activity that has left the chemical-soaked soil of the Pointe-aux-Trembles site too contaminated to use. Source
  • Experts concerned about global rise of facial recognition technology

    Tech & Science CTV News
    TORONTO -- Based on recent announcements by the likes of Facebook, Live Nation and a U.K. police force, Canadians may need to get used to the idea of facial recognition technology permeating their everyday lives. Source
  • Jupiter's backward-flying asteroid from another star system

    Tech & Science CTV News
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Just months after the discovery of our first known interstellar visitor, it turns out there's another asteroid from yet another star system residing in our cosmic club in plain view. Scientists reported Monday that this interstellar resident is an asteroid sharing Jupiter's orbit but circling in the opposite direction. Source
  • Extreme altruism: Why do some people help others at great risk to themselves?

    Tech & Science CBC News
    Calvin Stein likes to help people, even if it means putting himself in danger to protect complete strangers. His altruism kicked into high gear on on July 9, 2016, when he ran straight into the path of runaway ponies to pick up a little girl and toss her to safety, only to get trampled himself. Source
  • Developer pushes back construction of Nova Scotia rocket launch site

    Tech & Science CTV News
    HALIFAX -- The start date for the construction of Canada's only commercial spaceport has been pushed back, a developer said following meetings at the proposed rocket launch site near a small fishing community on Nova Scotia's eastern shore. Source
  • China launches relay satellite for far side moon landing

    Tech & Science CTV News
    A Long March-4C rocket carrying a relay satellite, named Queqiao (Magpie Bridge), is launched from southwest China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center, on May 21, 2018. (Cai Yang/Xinhua via AP) Source
  • Australian state government proposes protecting wild horses

    Tech & Science CTV News
    CANBERRA, Australia -- An Australian state government has decided to legally protect rather than kill thousands of wild horses, infuriating scientists who argue the feral species is doing severe environmental damage to the country's iconic Snowy Mountains alpine region. Source
  • Scientists say they've found an alien asteroid near Jupiter

    Tech & Science CBC News
    When an asteroid from outside our solar system was observed zipping through for the first time last year, it caused a lot of excitement. Now, a new study suggests another interstellar asteroid has actually been hiding here all this time. Source