On the morning of December 20, 2020, when international birders Mike Prince and Chris Bowden visited Sonnapura Lake near Chikkaballapur Town, about 23 km from Bengaluru, they were not prepared for what they found along the water’s edge — two dead Spot-billed Pelicans (Pelecanus philippensis). Subsequent visits to the lake resulted in the matter being brought to the attention of the Karnataka Forest Department, which promptly despatched the dead birds to the Bannerghatta Zoo on the outskirts … Read More
Wetland Habitat Destruction at Sonnapura, near Chikkaballapur, Karnataka
There is heavy digging and destruction of the ecologically-important wetland habitat in Sonnapura, near Bannikuppe, just east of Chikkaballapur town in Karnataka. Two JCBs (diggers) are working in the area.
The exact location can be accessed here.
Several concerned citizens wrote to the district administration and the forest department immediately. The memo is attached on the right and is downloadable.
It seems the digging is for a park with walking / jogging track, a water body and boating, and a … Read More