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Deforestation, toxic waste down inflow of migratory birds to Thane

Source: The Times of India, Date: , 2017

The Times of India, Thane, Jan 4, 2017:The slow deterioration of the natural green habitats and toxic waste and rubble dumped in the wetlands in Thane are a threat to the inflow of migratory birds, said environmental experts. While migratory birds have made Thane green cover their home for this winter, environmentalists said that there is a noticeable decrease in the overall bird count as a result of rampant deforestation and encroachments on wetlands over the years. Though the Yeoor forest and mangroves at Kopri and Kalwa pockets continue to be bright spots, green activists said there is a desperate need to chalk out a conservation plan for these pockets which attract migratory birds and other animal and bird species. They claim that the continuous hacking of mangroves, trees and destruction of wetlands in the name of development has not only killed the habitats of these birds, but also impacted the climate that attracts migratory birds to Thane.

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