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Srinagar: A squad of experts from the Institute of Animal Health and Biological Products (IAH&BP), Zakura of Animal Husbandry Department, Kashmir in coordination with the Wildlife Protection Department, Kashmir on Monday visited Hokersar wetland to set in motion a sustained surveillance and Monitoring for Bird Flu (Avian Influenza). The team from IAH&BP, Zakura headed by Dr Gowhar Nabi Gora (Technical Officer/Nodal Officer OIE) collected 21 samples in accordance with the laid down guidelines and SOPs…

Recently, viral pictures of blood stained whooper Swans generated hue and cry among netizens and nature lovers who were angry that after flying thousands of kilometres from their natural habitats, the birds arrived in Kashmir, only to be shot. Killed on the very first day of arrival, a new species to visit Kashmir, among the many winged visitors, the whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) met a tragic end at the hands of the poachers in the…

Srinagar: As the season for the migration of birds from the north arrives, huge chunks of Kashmir’s Hokersar wetland have turned dry. Just eight kilometres away from the heart of Srinagar city, the wetland has gone unnoticed since the 2014 floods, and is now close to devastation. According to data from the government, the active area of Hokersar has shrunk from 14 square kilometres to less than 6 square kilometres in the past few decades.…