Updated: June 11th, 2019, 21:01 IST
BHUBANESWAR: As the population of weaver birds dwindles in the state, the Odisha Chapter of the Indian Bird Conservation Network (IBCN) has begun conducting their annual census.
Sources at the IBCN said that the census that began June 1 will continue till June 30 and will be carried out in the districts of Khurda, Puri, Cuttack, Jagatsingpur, Kendrapada, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Ganjam, Gajapati, Sundargarh and Sambalpur.
“We have been conducting the weaver bird count since 2016. Each year observations are carried out by volunteers and other organisations who note down the details regarding the particular site, the number of birds and their nests and the tree/plant species on which nests are built,” IBCN Odisha coordinator Monalisa Bhujabal said.
Weaver birds that are found in grasslands are known for their hanging nests woven from leaves of tall trees. These nest colonies are usually found on thorny, coconut trees or palm fronds. The impact of Fani was disastrous for the green cover of the state. This resulted in a decrease in the number of weaver birds, stated environmentalists.