Gudavi Bird Sanctuary

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The sudden death of several birds at Gudavi Bird Sanctuary in Shivamogga district of Karnataka has left the officers of the Forest Department in worry.

About Gudavi Bird Sanctuary

  • It is one of the renowned Bird Sanctuaries in Karnataka.
  • It is located on Gudavi Lake banks.
  • It is engulfed with natural beauty and rich biodiversity, attracting tourists from different parts of the world.
  • Fauna: The Bird Sanctuary prides itself on being the home of more than 217 bird species, including residential and migratory birds like Grey Heron, Little Cormorant, Little Grebe, White Ibis and White-Headed Crane.
  • Flora: It is covered by moist deciduous forest species interspersed with grassy patches.
  • This wetland vegetation comprises marshy plants, and microphyte biota.

What is wetland?

  • It is defined as “areas of marshes, fens, peat lands or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary with water i.e. static or flowing fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water”.

Q1) What is the Ramsar Convention?

It is an international treaty aimed at the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands around the world. It is named after the city of Ramsar in Iran, where the convention was adopted in 1971. The Ramsar Convention is one of the oldest global environmental treaties and is dedicated to the protection and wise use of wetlands, recognizing the ecological, social, and economic value of these ecosystems.

Source: Several birds die at Gudavi bird sanctuary in Sorab taluk