Maharashtra Forest Department issues landmark decision for coordinated efforts for bird ringing
Mumbai: 27th March: 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 land mark 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 in Maharashtra for establishing a coordinated approach in bird ringing and record keeping.
The key responsibilities of BNHS will include:
i. BNHS will be the lead agency to coordinate bird ringing and migration studies
ii. BNHS will provide assistance to NGOs and educational institutions to undertake such studies
iii. BNHS shall draft the protocol for bird ringing
iv. All the proposed bird ringing projects shall be scrutinized by BNHS for further clearance by concerned authorities of the State Government
Dr Deepak Apte, Director, BNHS notes “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 useable 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.”