RGU conducts awareness program on black-necked crane at Sangti Valley

RGU conducts awareness program on black-necked crane at Sangti Valley

ITANAGAR, Feb 1: Rajiv Gandhi University conducted a one-day awareness programme to motivate the local community living around Sangti Valley, West Kameng district, to conserve the black-necked crane and its wintering site.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Daniel Mize explained the distribution, habitat, food habits, breeding cycle, migration, population & IUCN status and threats to black-necked cranes in Arunachal Pradesh and around the world. He also informed about the uncomfortable story about shrinking distribution range of black-necked crane in Arunachal Pradesh in the recent past, mostly due to anthropogenic disturbances.

While expressing happiness over the awareness programme, Kesang Londhup Tuksipa and Subrata Chakravarty said, awareness to locals living around in all wintering site of black-necked crane is needed. They also informed that locals of Sangti are also quite enthusiastic in conserving the black-necked crane and its wintering habitat. Recently, locals have written to Power Department to shift the killer high voltage power line over the winter site of the crane at Sangti, they added.

At the last session of programme, Jacob Ngukir and Tapak Tamir demonstrated technique to photograph birds and to observe and identify birds using binocular, spotting scope, range finder, field guide, etc to the participating students.

 

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