Impact of anthropogenic activities on abundance and distribution of birds in and around Kayalana Lake
Ronak Barmera, Dr. GR Parihar
A study of avian species abundance and distribution was conducted during July 2018 to September 2018 in the Kayalana lake. It is a major hotspot of Jodhpur (Raj.) as it is the major source of drinking water for city and provides habitat to the many floral and faunal species. However conservation to this area is challenging due to the increase in habitat destruction by man-made activities. Increased anthropogenic effect is the major threat to the environment. We examined the effects of these anthropogenic activities on avian diversity and highlights the potential conservation value of the unprotected area in and near Kayalana lake. Birds were assessed in 4 selected patches out of which 2 chosen was under unprotected region and other 2 was in the protected region. By using point count method we recorded total of 78 species in study area. Applying statistical analysis highest abundance and evenness was observed in protected area. This suggests that unprotected area with major anthropogenic effect needs helps or to be undertaken by management for conservation to minimise the loss.