Forest dept increases patrolling to protect winged guests of Chilika

Bhubaneswar: With thousands of winged guests having arrived in Lake Chilika in Odisha for the annual sojourn, to keep a tab on poachers, the state forest department has beefed up patrolling around the brackish water lagoon, sources said.

The forest department has set up 17 camps with 90 personnel along the 16-km coastline. Also two boats and vehicles have been pressed into service for patrolling in Mangalajodi, Sorana and Nalabana area of the lake, which are the preferred sites for the migratory birds.

As per sources in the forest department, more than one lakh migratory birds have arrived in Chilika this year from Caspian region, Siberia, Northern Eurasia, Kazakh, Lake Baikal and remote areas of Russia and neighboring countries. The influx of the winged guests is likely to increase with onset of winter, revealed ornithologists and forest officials.