02 July 2019


BNHS to open its first regional centre near chilika lake

By Aspire IAS

BNHS to open its first regional centre near chilika lake

Theme: Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS)

  • The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), one of India’s premier avian research institutes, will start operating its regional centre on the campus of Wetland Research and Training Centre near Chilika Lake.
  • The BNHS has been active in avian research in the Chilika Lake, which hosts nearly one million birds with 97 species being intercontinental migratory in nature during the winter season.
  • The centre will carry out research on avian disease by collecting samples and monitor the Nalabana Bird Sanctuary.


Chilika Lake:

  • Chilika lake is a brackish water lagoon.
  • It is situated in Odisha district, on the east coast of India, at the mouth of the Daya river, flowing into the Bay of Bengal.
  • It is the largest coastal lagoon in India and the second largest coastal lagoon in the world.
  • It is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds on the Indian sub-continent. The lake is home to a number of threatened species of plants and animals.
  • Chilika lake is the first Ramsar site in Asia to be removed from the Montreux record.