Asian Waterbird Census 2022

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The Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) is part of the global International Waterbird Census (IWC) initiative. Like every year, the census includes mobilization of volunteers and coordination with relevant stakeholders to collect standardized data on waterbirds diversity and habitat condition. In India, AWC covered nearly 500 wetlands representing 15 States and UTs with participation of hundreds of birders and wetland lovers from across the region during 1-16th January 2022, highlights the importance of citizen science in conservation and management of wetlands.

Field level data will be collated and analysed for preparation of summary reports to further sensitize government stakeholders, knowledge institutions and citizens on status and trends of waterbirds in India.

Press coverages from different states across India are listed below:

Delhi NCR:

Asia Waterbird Census to be conducted in wetlands of Delhi NCR (

AWC records sharp decrease in the number of birds at Najafgarh Jheel (

Delhi: AWC census records fewer birds, species at Najafgarh lake this year | Cities News,The Indian Express

Bird sightings more than halve at Delhi’s Najafgarh jheel | Delhi News – Times of India (

Delhi: Bird species density dips sharply at Okhla sanctuary | Delhi News – Times of India (

Asian Waterbird Census: At Sanjay Lake, dip in waterbird species this time compared to last 3 yrs | Delhi News (

Delhi: Species count dips on Yamuna, more birds bring little solace | Delhi News – Times of India (

AWC- 50% increase in bird population yet species fall further at Yamuna (

Bird count up from last year at Delhi zoo, but no migratory species spotted | Delhi News – Times of India (

Uttar Pradesh

Fewer bird species spotted at Soor Sarovar this winter – Hindustan Times

hastinapur: Hastinapur Range Sees Drop In Number Of Waterbirds | Meerut News – Times of India (

Bird count in Dhanauri wetland almost double than 2021, species reduced: Survey – Hindustan Times

Migrant birds remained less in the century – सेंचुरी में कम रहीं प्रवासी परिंदों की अठखेलियां (

Good Rainfall In January Led To Rise In Count Of Migratory Birds | Kanpur News – Times of India (


sambhar lake: Sambhar Lake Sees Less Species Of Migratory Birds: Asian Census | Jaipur News – Times of India (

Andaman Nicobar Islands

Field surveys of Asian waterbird… – Gokulakrishnan Wlb | Facebook

Tamil Nadu

Preparations on for three-phase TN bird census, record numbers expected- The New Indian Express