Jajpur (Odisha Samachar/Manas Kumar Rout) -A group of locals, who by forming Barunabanta Bana Surakya committee , have been providing protection to the monsoon avian guests under Mahabinayak Reserve Forest in Jajpur district since last one decade or so, as a result every year during the monsoon season thousands of birds come to the locality for nesting and breeding purpose in the roadside trees .
Thanks, to the protection provided by the Birds Protection committee of the locality, now more than 10000 avian guests are housing at the road side trees from the busy Dhanamandal Railway station to Darpana tehsil in the ongoing monsoon season.
According to Anirudhha Samantaray , the president of Barunabanta Bana Surakhya Committee, they have formed a committee to protect the large number of avian species, who have been coming for laying eggs by forming nests in the trees during the monsoon season . About hundred of nests have been located in the road side trees located on Dhanamandal Railway station to Darpan teshil office this year. The Banasurakhya Committee have been engaged in guarding the birds from poachers, who were coming either to kill birds or to trap the birds by spreading nets in the nearby paddy fields.
The committee members take utmost care by providing care, if a bird gets injury, and also they are watching birds, repairing the nests if it gets destroyed due to wind and rain, guarding the avain species from predators and obstructing bird poachers to nab the birds, informed Samantaray.
Around 10-12 trees in the locality has become an abode for the residential birds .According to locals, about five types of bird species have given nests in the banayan ,peepal , neem and chakhunda trees .The birds that have thronged this time are Open Bill stork, Large Egret , median Egret, small Egret ,cattle Egret and cormorant .Generally the feathered guests come in mid of June every years and after completing their nesting process , they leave the place in mid of November, said committee members .
The forest officials of Cuttack Divisional Forest Office have praised the Bana Surakhya committee for their praise worthy work and care towards the avian species who throng to the locality for breeding and nesting. It will definitely give an encouragement for the nearby inhabitants to protect the wildlife species from predators and poachers in order to save them from extinction.
When contacted the DFO of Cuttack, Sudarshan Behera, praising the efforts of the Bana surakhya committee stated that the members and the local public is explicit in their attitude and tolerant towards the local residential water birds .The human compassion can be seen at its best. Abundant food chains available in the nearby areas and getting protected by the local committee has made it a suitable congenial breeding place for the residential bird who throng enemas for breeding and nesting ,despite the busy noisy road.
Though the residential birds have been coming to the locality since last two decades, but since the Bana Surakhya Committee provides protection and create awareness among the locality, the number of birds thronging in the locality are increasing every year, said Behera, the DFO .