The Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary was reopened for guests on Sunday after a niche of almost 10 months.
The sanctuary was shut for guests in 2019 in the course of the lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Around 250 individuals visited the sanctuary on Sunday. Officials from the Forest division mentioned strict norms had been put in place to make sure security of the guests.
“Thermal scanners and sanitisers have been kept at the entrance and all visitors were expected to compulsorily wear masks. Our staff have been sensitised and all of them were asked to wear masks and gloves,” mentioned G. Subbaiah, Sanctuary Range Officer. The place is open for guests from 6 a.m. to six p.m.
Currently, the Vedanthangal sanctuary has over 27 totally different species of birds which can be round 16,000 in quantity. “In 2018, the tank was nearly dry and we had only around 2,000 birds, but this year, the rains have been good and the tank is brimming. There are glossy ibis, white ibis, pelicans, cattle egrets, large egrets, spot billed ducks, cormorants and herons among other birds,” Mr. Subbiah mentioned. In 2019, the sanctuary had round 12,000 birds.
For sanctuaries in Tamil Nadu which have reopened for guests, together with the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, the Tamil Nadu Forest Department has issued SoPs, which specify tips on tips on how to implement security norms.
A senior forest official mentioned since final yr, area employees have been skilled and sensitised to observe these security measures and in addition make sure that guests observe strict bodily distancing tips in addition to put on masks always.