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BNHS designated as the SNA for bird ringing
ST Correspondent | Sunday, 16 April 2017 AT 11:17 PM IST
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Mumbai: Bird ringing forms a crucial aspect of studying birds by helping scientists understand details like the routes birds use to fly, their migration patterns and resting sites. BNHS has been ringing birds since 1926 in various parts of the country.

In a landmark decision to further bird ringing studies in the state, the Maharashtra Forest Department has designated the Bombay Natural History Society as the State Nodal Agency (SNA) in Maharashtra for establishing a coordinated approach in bird ringing and record keeping. BNHS will handle the key responsibilities including coordination of bird ringing and migration studies.  BNHS will provide assistance to NGOs and educational institutions to undertake such studies. BNHS will draft the protocol for bird ringing. More importantly, all the proposed bird ringing projects will be scrutinised by BNHS for further clearance by concerned authorities of the State Government.

Dr Deepak Apte, Director, BNHS said, “Such decisions will go a long way in assisting the Forest Department in developing strategies for recording and managing migratory species. This kind of coordinated work will allow BNHS to compile data in a systematic manner and eventually share it with Forest Department in administratively usable format. Also, BNHS aims to develop national flyway maps. We believe we are the best suited to do this as we have data about bird migration collected over the past 70 years.”

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