As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday 25 February 2014

At its beak! Winged visitors to Pashan Lake hit new high

Effort to reduce water level, decade-long initiative to increase silt islands pay off; experts say migratory and local bird populations on the rise after several years

Mayuri Phadnis

Posted On Monday, February 24, 2014 at 01:31:15 AM

Several years after dwindled bird populations at the sylvan Pashan Lake alarmed conservationists, it appears that the authorities’ efforts to rehabilitate the water body and the surrounding areas have taken wing. Over the last one month, the lake has managed to attract larger flocks of migratory birds than have been seen for the last few years, harking back to the days before pollution played havoc with flora and fauna at the spot.

While the latest result is a direct offshoot of decreasing water levels in the lake to make silt more accessible for birds, the increase in numbers can also be attributed to efforts taken over nearly a decade by the Bharati Vidyapeeth’s Institute of Environmental Education Research (BVIEER), Naik Environment Research Institute Limited (NERIL) and the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), to restore the lake.

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