The Haryana forest department will organise a day-long bird watching festival in Sultanpur National Park in Gurgaon on December 24.
The region is witnessing a large influx of birds and over 300 species have been spotted in and around Gurgaon by the wildlife department from August till December 12 this year. This makes Gurgaon one of the most bird-rich districts in Delhi-NCR.
With winter setting in, the variety of birdlife is expected to rise further due to the arrival of a large number of migratory bird species. The forest department wants to use this opportunity to raise awareness about biodiversity and conservation in the region.
“We are going to send invitations to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and bird watchers for this event. The festival will be held from 8am till 4:30pm on December 24,” said MD Sinha, conservator of forests, Gurgaon. Schoolchildren from Gurgaon, Faridabad and Jhajjar will also be invited.
The Haryana forest department and members of the Bombay Natural History Society, an NGO engaged in conservation and biodiversity research, will also showcase a presentation on the 320-acre Sultanpur National Park.
“The festival aims to make people spend more time with nature. Although the city is made of concrete walls, it still has space for nature to flourish. Our motive is to save whatever little is left in the region,” said Sinha.
“The festival will engage people in conserving biodiversity and help them understand more about nature ,” said Shyam Sunder Kaushik, wildlife officer, Gurgaon.
When asked about Sultanpur as the venue for the festival, Sinha said, “Sultanpur Lake helps recharge water in the region and has been attracting birds for the last few decades. It acts as a perfect example of biodiversity.”