Artificial system

Karnala Bird Sanctuary in Panvel sets up 27 artificial water troughs for birds

The scorching heat saps the energy of not only human beings, but also birds that keep migrating from place to place. While the majority of water bodies have either been encroached upon to develop a city or dried up during the summer, the birds seek out water sources to quench their thirds.

The management of the Karnala Bird Sanctuary ensures that there should be no shortage of water. The ornithological reserve of Panvel is home to many migratory birds.

The authority has set up artificial ponds so that animals and birds do not have to migrate in search of water to quench their thirst. Forest department officials said artificial reservoirs have been constructed at 27 locations in the sanctuary area.

As the mercury level has been skyrocketing since March, the Forestry Department has dispatched manpower to ensure water supply to the man-made reservoir.

Throughout the year, migrating birds come to the sanctuary in large numbers. For this reason, the shrine is a major attraction among tourists throughout the year.

Shortly after the onset of summer and rising temperatures, natural water sources begin to run out. The heat wave causes dehydration in animals and birds. Karnala Bird Sanctuary has two natural water bodies. However, in the summer, these water bodies dry up and the water levels decrease in the lakes. As a result, animals and birds in the sanctuary must rely entirely on water from artificial reservoirs.

Posted: Sunday, May 01, 2022 11:59 AM IST