Birdwatching and awereness program at MBB College campus, Agartala
18 November, 2018
The 122nd Birth Anniversary of the ‘Bird Man of India’ , Dr, Salim Ali was celebrated in Tripura along with the whole Nation. In this connection, Wild Tripura Foundation, organised a small program at the premises of Maharaja Bir Bikram College on 18th November. The main highlight of the program was a bird watching trip for college students. The main aim of the program was to build interest among the younger generation of the society regarding nature and wildlife, so that they can participate whole heartedly in preservation of nature and its components in the present scenario of ever degrading environmental conditions.
The program started at 6:00 AM in the morning. Students from different colleges of Agartala participated in the bird watching trip. Among the distinguished dignitaries, the DFO, Sepahijala District, Sri Jaya Krishnan V.K.,IFS, an avid birder, who was present in the campus for his casual early morning birding trip, later joined us to boost up the enthusiasm and share his knowledge about nature and wildlife with the team. In his short speech, he emphasised on the participation of students in nature related curriculum for the sake of nature as well as their own mental and physical well being. “ Bird watching not only makes a person aware about the different bird species found around him, but also renders valuable information regarding the other aspects associated with birds, such as their habit, habitat, names of different trees in which the birds are frequently found, their nesting season, etc.”, said Sri Jaya Krishnan V.K. He also shared some of his personal experiences regarding bird watching and bird photography with the participants.
Later on, the students were divided into three different groups along with their respective guides. They observed different species of birds in the college premises. The practical trip session concluded at 10:00 AM. After that refreshments and participation certificates were distributed among the participants. In the interaction session, the participating students shared their experiences and also their different queries regarding birds and nature were answered by the experts.
About 300 individuals of birds from 46 Differents Species including some winter migrants were observed and documented by the participants.
The program came to an end with a concluding speech by the Secretary of Wild Tripura Foundation, Sri Subhasish Sarkar. “With its scenic natural beauty, lush green mixed vegetation, natural lakes with a number of migratory birds coming every winter, the MBB College campus and its adjoining areas should be considered as a potential ecotourism destination and urban biodiversity hotspot” Sri Sarkar added.