LUCKNOW: The first-ever 'total' count of state bird sarus held in 2010 showed it is making a slow comeback to its native state, notching the figure of 12,246 cranes in UP.
But after that, conservation efforts to ensure survival of sarus more or less fizzled out. Now, forest department, in consultation with organisations working for the cause of sarus conservation, has prepared a five-year action plan to save the state bird.
"The department will do the pan-UP Sarus census at the end of this month," said PCCF (wildlife), Rupak De. The action plan calls for Sarus census twice a year.
UP is the biggest Sarus-supporting state in the country. In 2010, seven divisions of UP forests were found sheltering more than 500 cranes. Census showed concentration of sarus population in all districts, protected areas and in sanctuaries of UP.