PITHORAGARH: Forest fires that happen yearly in Uttarakhand not solely trigger vital harm to the area’s treasured forest sources like bushes, vegetation, bushes, herbs and thick layer of soil but additionally threaten uncommon Himalayan fauna — wild animals, reptiles, mammals, birds, butterflies, frequent flies honey bees and soil-enriching bacterias. “We have now a number of uncommon species of birds whose breeding season coincides with the forest fireplace season, from April to June.Frequent and uncontrolled forest fires are progressively making these species extremely endangered in Uttarakhand forests,” Sanjeev Chaturvedi, chief conservator of forest (Analysis), stated.
In response to the CCF, avian species just like the cheer pheasant, kalij pheasant, rufous-bellied woodpecker, frequent rose, chocolate pansy and customary crow have their breeding season from March to June, which can be the interval when most fires happen within the area’s forest space.
“The cheer pheasant, a local fowl of western Himalayas, which inhabits at altitudes of 1800-3200 metres is extremely weak to forest fires because it makes its nest in deep bushes on floor and its breeding season coincides with the forest fireplace season,” Chaturvedi stated.
In response to him, the cheer pheasant is included within the record of endangered fowl species internationally.
“Not solely the cheer pheasant however uncommon birds just like the pipit fowl, rose finch and the Himalayan monal have additionally grow to be endangered as a result of a number of causes, together with forests fires within the breeding season,” Surendra Panwar, a researcher and eager watcher of the Himalayan birds in Munsiyari, stated.
In response to Panwar, the variety of the rarest of uncommon Himalayan quail, a species recognized to be beloved by world-famous ornithologist late Salim Ali, can be declining within the area because of the carelessness of the stakeholders of Himalayan fauna.
Jagdish Bhatt, founder director of Wings Basis, an NGO working in the direction of preserving the Himalayan butterflies, says that of the full 350 species of butterflies discovered within the Himalayan area, 120 are on the verge of getting endangered as they breed in host vegetation which can be destroyed in forest fires.
“Even their caterpillar larvae get destroyed in fires making these varieties extremely endangered,” Bhatt stated.
The Dehradun-based Forest Analysis Institute can be researching the influence of forest fires on the yellow-headed tortoise that’s discovered all through the South Asian area. It’s listed in schedule 4th of the Wildlife Safety Act, 1972 and in addition seems in appendix of the Conference on Worldwide Commerce in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) as a result of its being endangered, sources stated.
“Beneath the examine to search out the influence of forest fires on its (yellow-headed tortoise) existence, we’ll deploy radio transmitters on tortoise observe for 2 years within the Chilla vary of the Rajaji Nationwide Park,” CCF Chaturvedi stated.
Forest fires in Uttarakhand have affected greater than 1,437 hectares of forests since November final 12 months, in keeping with a forest division bulletin.
The latest spell of rains in numerous components of the state offered much-needed respite from them with no recent incidents reported previously few days, it stated.


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