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March 19, 2019

Bird population at Indawgyi Lake rises by over 10,000

An informative booth enables the visitors to learn the ecosystems and bio-diversity. Photo : Win Naing (Kachin)
An informative booth enables the visitors to learn the ecosystems and bio-diversity. Photo : Win Naing (Kachin)

The number of birds at the Indawgyi lake has increased by over 10,000, and two new species of birds have also been spotted near the lake in Mohnyin Township of Kachin State, according to data provided by the Environment and Wildlife Conservation Department. As per records, more than 20,500 birds were registered in 2018, and the number has increased to over 31,050 in 2019. “The increase in the population can be attributed to higher food availability en route for migrating birds at the Indawgyi lake. Most species of migratory birds found near the lake are from Siberia in Russia and the frozen mountainous regions of northern China, where birds find it hard to survive in the winter. Thus, they have flocked to Indawgyi Lake to rest and feed during the winter season. The new species of migratory birds spotted at the lake are the Common Goldeneye, a species of waterfowl, and Clesser Blacked Gull, a species of seagull,” said U Saw Hmuu, the warden. Indawgyi Lake is recognized as one of the largest lakes in Southeast Asia and an ASEAN heritage park. It was established a wetland area in 2016, and granted the status of a biosphere reserve in 2017. There are 669 biosphere reserve sites in 120 countries. —Win Naing (Kachin) (Translated by La Wonn)

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