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Author: Shalu Singh

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World Nature Conservation Day 2021: Poachers Turned Protectors; Odisha’s Mangalajodi Village Shows How it’s Done 

People of Mangalajodi, a small village situated on the northern banks of Chilika Lake, realised the importance of biodiversity and its conservation not long time back. Chilika Lake, the largest wintering ground for migratory birds in the Indian subcontinent, gets avian visitors from Caspian Sea, Lake Baikal, Aral Sea, remote parts of Russia, Kirghiz steppes of Mongolia, Central and South East Asia. Seasoned poachers of Managalajodi, who once used to kill migratory waterfowls and birds for a few bucks, have now turned conservationists.