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 13 September 2016

Rare birds die as PWD cuts trees in Dungarpur

TNN | Sep 4, 2016, 06.33 AM IST

UDAIPUR: Hundreds of birds of White Ibis and Cormorant species were butchered in Dungarpur in an abrupt action by the PWD on Saturday. The department felled several trees for widening the road without taking into consideration the number of avian flocks nesting in them. Many birds were injured while many others were rendered homeless as their nests fell on the ground.

Hundreds of birds of near-extinct species dropped dead on the road between Teejvad to Sintex chauraha. Not only many adult birds died, the act also proved fatal to their young ones who hadn't even developed wings. Hundreds of eggs were broken and many birds were severely injured as they got entangled between the heavy branches.

The action infuriated nature lovers who reported the matter to the authorities and demanded stringent action.

A large colony of the birds had been nesting in the trees in the locality for years now. A similar attempt to cut down trees for broadening of roads some months ago by the PWD was resisted by bird lovers. After protest from the Nature's Club, the district collector had asked the department not to disturb the bird colony for the road construction work.

"It was a heronry which the PWD destroyed without showing concern or compassion for the poor creatures. The collector had clearly instructed the officials to only trim the trees which hindered the construction process. But, they paid no heed to the directions," said Kamlesh Sharma, a member of the Nature's Club.

Surprisingly, the forest department officials claimed they didn't know that any such incident had taken place in the city. "I wasn't informed of any such incident. We will investigate the matter and proper action will be taken under the Wildlife Act," said Sharat Babu, district forest officer.

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