Birders participate in Himalayan Bird Count

ITANAGAR, 16 May: Arunachal Pradesh Birding Club in collaboration with Apatani Youth Association, Ngunu Ziro and Ziro Birding Club, took part in the first ever Himalayan Bird Count (HBC) and listed 70 different bird species at Siikhe Lake and Pange camp of Tale Wildlife Sanctuary in Lower Subansiri district.

Some of the notable findings were species like, Gadwall, Sikkim Treecreeper, Mrs Gould’s Sunbird, SultanTit, Blue fronted Robin, Mountain Tailorbird.

The HBC was led by local birders Bamin Chada and Millo Tako. Apatani Youth Association secretary Nani Tangu kicked off the event at Siikhe Lake on 14 May.

Hapoli Forest division and the DIPR under its ‘Arunachal Rising’ campaign supported the event.

Apart from Arunachal Pradesh, birders from various other Himalayan states of the country participated in the bird count.

Bird Count India, Bird Conservation Nepal and the Royal Society for Protection of Nature, Bhutan organized the HBC on 14 May to document birds of the mountain range, create awareness about Himalaya’s bird diversity and save the threatened habitats.