Vrindavan, 2019-11-03 (VT): With the approaching of winter season, Narada Kund which is located in Surir village of Mathura District, is looking forward to welcoming migratory birds from all across the globe.
During the months of December-January, birds flock to distance places in search of warmth and food as harsh winters set in depleting resources in their homeland. Narada Kund is one such place situated around 25 km from Dadisara village (in Mant Tehsil) that provides them the perfect habitat for food and mating requirements.
According to forest official MB Singh, these birds come from Siberia, Russia and the European continent to dwell here during the winter months. They return to their homes before the summer season begins in India.
Apart from Narada Kund, Khaira Jheel and Mansarovar Lake (both situated in Mant) also serve as winter habitats for a wide variety of migratory birds such as the Siberian Crane, Greater Flamingo, Red-crested Pochard, Greylag Goose, Bar-headed Goose, Pintail, Tufted Ducks, Common (Eurasian Teal), Mallard Duck (Neelsar), Ruddy Ducks, Pied Mynas and others.
During the 90’s, Mansarovar used to be among the largest lakes in Braj sprawling an area greater than five acres. It was reduced to one third of its original size by an artificially constructed boundary during a ‘beautification drive’ undertaken by a private trust. With changing times and apathy of the government, its water level and size shrunk to 60 per cent of the original.
Recently, environmental NGO, and Vrindavan Today Foundation’s sister concern, Friends of Vrindavan took the initiative to conserve and regenerate the sacred groves around Mansarovar Lake. The effort began with planting of indigenous trees around the lake which was once a rare wetland grove and a thriving bird sanctuary.