Nature lovers enjoy ‘Bird Walk’ at IGRMS

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Feb 2019 12:01:30


Staff Reporter,

On Sunday, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS), Bhopal, organised ‘Bird Walk’ with Bhopal Bird Conservation Society. The members of Bhopal Birds Conservation Society and visitors joined the walk. Bird Walk was organised as a part of Basant Panchami celebrations.

This walk started from 7 am at coastal village open air exhibition, IGRMS and concluded at 10 am in Rock art heritage open air exhibition. During the walk, information about bird’s philosophy, his name and specialty given by founder member & moderator of the programme of the Bird Conservation Society, Mohammad Khalique, Dr Sangeeta Rajgir and Dilsher Khan was given to registered participants and during the programme, participants identified nearly 50 species of birds mainly in form of Copper smith barbet, Black red start, Purple sunbird, Red vented bulbul, Laughing dove, Jungle babbler, Yellow throated sparrow, Tailor bird, Indian robin, Barn swallow.

Other species of migratory birds which includes artic tern, marsh harrier, pied crested cuckoo which chooses Bhopal city especially Upper Lake as stoppage during migration. Migratory birds also prefer suitable atmosphere for breeding and for that they often choose spots rich in surplus source of food. But they choose to travel across Upper Lake as one of major stoppages because of which population of fishes and as the birds get appropriate amount of food. Proper conservation of water bodies is must for the city to maintain flock of migratory birds.

Migratory birds travel long distances in search of appropriate places and migration path of birds coming from Europe, Paksitan, Afghanistan and also from China have usually preferred stay in the State capital in large numbers. Migratory birds travel mainly towards south to avoid extreme cold conditions and when food becomes scarce in their home land. Madhya Pradesh lies in the north south corridor of migratory path of birds.

On the occasion, Programme Coordinator, Dr P Shankar Rao (Assistant Keeper) IGRMS) stressed on promoting biodiversity in campus so that IGRMS camps will attract more migratory & local birds. Further, he said, “We aim to develop and maintain conducive atmosphere with biodiversity in campus. It has nice green cover and water bodies which are like paradise for migratory and local birds. It is our effort to make our campus for bird lovers.”

Dr Ashok Kumar Sharma  (Assistant Keeper) said, “The aim of the programme was to show birds appearing at the time of spring. At the beginning of the programme, participants were informed about bird’s philosophy and species found in the spring. Many bird species make their nests in this season and special information about them is given by the subject experts to the participants.”