Shimla to hold bird chase to log winged residentsApril 23rd, 2011 - 5:42 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, April 23 (IANS) A band of ornithologists has entered unique race in this Himachal Pradesh resort town. They will chase birds in the wilderness, an event organiser said here Saturday.
The bird watchers in association with the state forest department are organising a dawn-to-dusk bird identifying exercise Sunday in and around Shimla.
“The aim is to promote the concept of bird watching and to know the exact status of the birds living around us,” Somesh Goyal, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer associated with the group, Himachal Birds, told IANS.
He said this was the first-ever exercise in the town.
“The last comprehensive list of bird species was prepared by Frome and Hugh Whistler sometime before independence,” he said.
According to Goyal, efforts were made earlier by some individuals and researchers to list the bird species in a few pockets in Shimla and its surrounding areas. It is estimated that around 100 species, including rare pheasants like koklash, kaleej and cheer, are found here.
Goyal said eight special tracks have been selected for the race. Every bird watcher has to record the sighting of birds in the log book. In the evening, the data would be compiled.
On World Sparrow Day (March 20), the Himachal Birds had launched a campaign to create awareness about the sharp decline in the number of sparrows and other small birds in the town.
The forum is installing 40 artificial nests in Shimla’s parks and open spaces to enable the birds breed.
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