January 29, 2019
Kulick Bird Sanctuary to get a makeover
The State Tourism Department is spending an amount of about Rs 4 crore in setting up several projects at Kulick Bird Sanctuary, which is Asia’s largest bird sanctuary, in Uttar Dinajpur district. Hundreds of tourists from across the country visit the sanctuary.
Among the projects are the establishment of an animal rescue centre, a bird preservation centre, an aquarium for ornamental fishes, a turtle rehabilitation centre, a butterfly park, a nature interpretation centre and three watchtowers for nature viewing.
Of these, the first four have already have already been started, according to a senior Forest Department official of the district.
A 1.3 km-long tunnel has also been dug up inside the sanctuary for rearing fishes for the birds. Two Australian emus have also been brought to the sanctuary. With the new facilities, the Tourism Department is expecting many more tourists.
Notably, every year, around 90,000 to 100,000 migratory birds arrive at Kulick Bird Sanctuaries. The birds include cormorants, open-bill stork, egret herons, night herons and several others, mostly from countries in South Asia. They arrive in June to nest, mate and give birth, and leave in November.
Source: The Statesman