Impact of dam building activities on montane birds of Western Himalayas
What is it about?
Hydro power development is seen as a panacea for India's energy requirement. This has prompted Indian Government to propose and development numerous hydro power project in Himalayas. The energy produce through such projects is thought to be eco friendly. However, development of such projects has serious implication for upstream as well as down stream regions. This study aims to identify the impacts of dam building on habitat and diversity of montane birds.
Why is it important?
The study reported significant decline in bird species diversity in habitats that undergone changes due to hydro power project construction. The tree cavity nesting birds i.e. wood land bird's species declines with increase in habitat disturbance suggested that they are sensitive to dam building. The study also reported chance in landuse pattern in the study sites during the course of dam construction which may lead to habitat loss for forest birds.
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