By Avijit Biswas
Bhagalpur: It could be heartening for bird lovers to know three greater adjutants, a highly endangered bird species, were released in their natural habitat at bank of river Ganga today following their successful treatment at forest department rescue and rehabilitation center for greater adjutants located at Sunder Van here.
The greater adjutants released in their natural habitat had been brought to rescue and rehabilitation center here few years back after they were rescued from Kadwa Diara area of Naugachia subdivision by forest department personnels.
The injured greater adjutants were provided treatment at rescue and rehabilitation center. On banks of river Ganga behind Bhagalpur College of Engineering they were released in natural habitat in presence of forest department officials.
It may be mentioned the forest department rescue and rehabilitation center for greater adjutants is only of its kind of center in eastern part of country. Prof D N Choudhury, a well know bird conservationists said the center established here in 2014 became fully operational in 2016. Since its establishment the center has been significantly contributing in rescue and rehabilitation of injured adjutants.
It may be mentioned for the first time in 2007, the endangered greater adjutants were found nesting and breeding in Kadwa and Khairpur panchayats of Naugachia subdivision of this district located north of river Kosi close to borders of Madhepura district.
Earlier the endangered bird species were found nesting and breeding at global level only in Cambodia besides Assam in this country. Arvind Mishra, state coordinator, Indian Bird Conservation Network (IBCN) also founder member of local Mandar Nature Club (MNC) said since first time greater adjutants were spotted nesting and breeding in Naugachia the nesting and breeding area of endangered bird species has increased sizably.
In recent years the greater adjutants have been found nesting and breeding also in adjoining areas located in Madhepura and Khagaria districts, he added. The areas of this region where greater adjutants have been found breeding the locals are actively injured in conservation of bird species. At behest of forest department and bird activists they have been sensitised about need of conserving greater adjutants. In coordination with the locals, injured greater adjutants rescued from nesting and breeding areas by forest department personnels are kept at rescue and rehabilitation centre for treatment
The establishment of rescue and rehabilitation centre the local bird conservationists feel has contributed in population increase of endangered species.
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Writer Avijit Biswas, former principal correspondent of Hindustan Times Bhagalpur bureau, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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