Workshop on ‘birding and bird guides’ held

ZIRO, Apr 9: A two-day workshop on ‘birding and bird guides’, organized by the Hapoli forest division in collaboration with the Arunachal Pradesh Birding Club at Tale Wildlife Sanctuary concluded on Sunday.
The workshop was aimed at spreading awareness about the importance of birds for a healthy ecosystem. Thirty-two participants from youth groups of Lower Subansiri and Kamle districts, including NGO Ngunu Ziro, the Apatani Youth Association, the Joram Area Welfare Society, the All Raga Area Students Union, and the Tropical Exploration Society participated in it.
The wildlife sanctuary is home to some of the critically endangered species of wild flora and fauna, and is also home to more than 350 species of birds, along with some rare species like the wards trogon, green cochoa, wren babbler, Manipur fulvetta, and the parrot bill.
On the first day, during field activity, 110 species including the green cochoa were recorded.
Ornithologist from Assam, Dr Ranjan Das, spoke about birding, and about how bird tourism can generate livelihood for the unemployed youths of the state as bird guides for birding enthusiasts from outside the state.
Dr Daniel Mize from Rajiv Gandhi University spoke about the evolution of birds, and expressed concern over the rate at which the bird population is decreasing at the global level due to human interference.
Research Officer from Namdapha Tiger Reserve, Tajum Yomcha, and Divisional Forest Officer Koj Rinya also attended the workshop. (DIPRO)