A meticulous counting of water birds began on Tuesday in the\nwetlands and marshes of the Himalayan region of Kashmir, which attracts species\nmigrating from as far as northern Europe and Japan.More than 100 wildlife officials and volunteers were\nperforming the region’s second formal census, after scientists for years\ncriticised less formal counts as unreliable.Since last year, however, Kashmir’s wildlife officials have\nbeen working as part of the global effort led by environment groups in\naccounting for the world’s water-birds.We’re now counting birds in a proper scientific way unlike guesswork done earlier. We are now doing it according to the internationally accepted guidelines. Imtiyaz Lone, wildlife wardenLast year’s census counted over half a million water-birds\nvisiting 13 wetlands in Kashmir. This year’s two-day count includes up to 21\nwetlands. The results will be released in about a month.Experts have said they expect the total number of birds\nvisiting is declining because of habitat degradation and climate changes\nincluding more erratic rainfall. We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.