Establishment of First Bird Ringing Station at Sairopa

Manali: Two weeks Bird Ringing specialized Training for wild life guards and establishing Bird Ringing Centre at Sairopa of Great Himalayan National Park concluded today at Sairopa.In which 368 number birds of 57 species were captured and ringed during the exercise disclosed Conservator of Forests GHNP, Mr. B S Rana.

He added that this programme probably first of its kind in the country which was conducted at prestigious site of GHNP in Himachal Pradesh aim to establish first bird ringing station in the Western Himalayas. He said in addition to this the main objective of the programme was to provide the field staff with necessary basic bird identification skills, to improve and professionalize species identification skills, to draw attention from the national and international conservation organizations and finally to provide an excellent communication and knowledge transfer platform between Indian and international species and conservation experts.

He added that the special training was given on mist net laying , proper removing , folding and then removal of birds , handling of birds and their measurements and finally released them into their natural habitat .

Rana told that 23 wild life Guards from the Shimla , Dharamshala and Great Himalayan National Park Circle attended the training. He further disclosed that the training was conducted under the collaboration with experts of Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust UK, British Trust for Ornithology and BNHS Mumbai. Mr. Tim Walker and Dr. Francis Buner were the main experts from the above institutions.

Sanjay Dutta, an engineer by qualification but is a journalist by choice. He has worked for the premier new agency Press Trust of India and leading English daily Indian Express. With more than a decade of experience, he has been highlighting issues related to environment, tourism and other aspects affecting mountain ecology. Sanjay Dutta lives in a village close to Manali in Kullu valley of Himachal.

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