2-day birding workshop concludes

2-day birding workshop concludes

ZIRO, Apr 9: With an aim to spread awareness about the importance of birds for a healthy ecosystem, a two-day workshop on birding and bird guide themed “Live and let fly” was organized by the Hapoli Forest Division, Ziro in collaboration with the Arunachal Pradesh Birding Club at Tale Wildlife Sanctuary on April 7 & 8 last.

The Sanctuary harbors some of the critically endangered species of wild flora & fauna and is also a home to more than 350 species of birds with some rare species like, the Wards Trogon, Green Cochoa, Wren babbler, Manipur Fulvetta, Parrot bill, etc.

The first day’s event comprised of technical sessions. Dr Ranjan Das, a renowned ornithologist from Assam, spoke about the birding and bird tourism and how it can generate livelihood for the unemployed youths of the state as bird guides for the birding enthusiasts from outside the state.

Dr Daniel Mize from Rajiv Gandhi University spoke about the evolution of birds and the rate at which we are losing the bird population at the global level due to the human interference.

Tajum Yomcha, Research Officer from Namdapha Tiger Reserve spoke about wildlife and the importance of its conservation for the future generation.

The second day comprised of field activity where the participants trekked 7 km for a birding tour starting from Manipolyang upto Pange camp. They were briefed about the birding techniques and the ethics of bird watching en route.

DFO Koj Rinya informed that the participants were mainly the youth groups of Lower Subansiri and Kamle districts. 32 persons participated from the NGO Ngunu Ziro, Apatani Youth Association, Joram Area Welfare Society, All Raga Area Students Union and Tropical Exploration Society.

Being the future torch bearers, the youths need sensitization on the ecological, economic and heritage values of our avifaunal wealth, she stressed. Altogether, 110 bird species were recorded during the field activity with the important finding being the Green Cochoa, informed the DFO. (DIPRO)

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