Members of North Karnataka Birders Network (NKBN) have sighted 14 species of birds new to the area in the forests around Kaiga Nuclear Plant during the Kaiga Bird Marathon -2014 organised by the Nuclear Power Corporation (NPC).
The marathon is an yearly event conducted to examine the impact of the nuclear plant on the environment. Apart from birds, a black panther was sighted in the Kaiga area for the first time.
According to NKBN secretary Pavan Miskin, black panthers are usually sighted in Dandeli forests and it is rare to get them to see in this part of the Western Ghats.
Around 112 bird watchers of NK region in eight groups wandered roughly 6-7 kms around the Kaiga plant to check the impact of nuclear radiation on birds and animals. “If there is any leakage of nuclear radiations, it will first affect the birds,” Miskin said.