Chandigarh, November 18, 2017 (Pooja Goyal):

Today, welcoming the arrival of migratory birds at Sukhna Lake, Department of Forest & Wildlife, Chandigarh Administration along with Yuvsatta-an NGO launched a fortnight long ‘Bird Watching Trip’ for local School students. On day one 100 students of Government Model Sr Sec. School, MHC, Manimajra and KB DAV Sr. Sec. Public School, Chandigarh enjoyed the bird watching treat. Santosh Kumar, Chief Conservator of Forest & Wildlife, Chandigarh Administration was the Chief Guest on the occasion and TC Nautiyal, Conservator of Forest presided over the event today to familiarize young ones with nature bounty we at Chandigarh are blessed to have in abundance.

Santosh Kumar, Chief Conservator of Forest & Wildlife in his inaugural address shared that “migratory birds come from places like Siberia, China and Afghanistan. Presently over 700 migratory birds of around 90 species are recently recorded by members of Chandigarh Bird Club, with water fowl, Osprey, Peregrine Falcon, Crested Serpent Eagle and Northern Lapwings among the major ones. It’s encouraging to note that many altitudinal migrants from Himalayas are yet to come in. And every year to encourage young students to explore more their Department makes extra effort to bring young students from different Schools of the city to watch migratory birds.

TC Nautial stated that migratory birds start arriving in the Sukhna wildlife sanctuary from early November and their stay lasts till March or April, depending on the climatic conditions. And these birds are very sensitive; so we have made arrangements to make the environment conducive for them.

Regular bird watchers and environmentalists like Kulbhushan Kanwar who is also manage Forest Department Facebook Pages “Migratory Birds of Sukhna Lake” and “Butterflies of Chandigarh” explained to the kids about hundreds of migratory bird who travel every year thousands of miles to reach Sukhna Lake, and arrived in November and stay up to March/April depending upon the weather conditions in search of food from Siberia, Afghanistan, Tibet, Europe, Mongolia, China and other part of north east.  On being asked Kulbhushan Kanwar explained that the body temperature of the birds are 38-40 degree and their flying speed is between 65 to 80 km and they can fly from 6 hours to 1 hours during day and night. The Sun during day time and Stars during night flying help them as navigators. Magnetic field of the earth plays a great role in their migration. They can fly high up to 10,000 to 20,000 feet. But their thump rule of flying low is the same as in the Air force. “Fly low and slow” when fly low their speed is restricted to 20-30 kmph. But Swans can fly up to 29,000 feet.

In coming days, volunteers of Yuvsatta and officials of Department of Forests, Chandigarh Administration intends to organize many more such educational excursions for local School students. 


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