The district, which is well-known for the Sariska Tiger Reserve, can now boast of birds too. Thousands of migratory birds were witnessed on World Wetland Day on the occasion of Alwar Bird Fair at the reserve.
Hundreds of students, ornithologists and members of various NGOs gathered at Mansarover Lake on Monday to celebrate the fair.
On this occasion, the visitors were urged to take steps to save the birds. Various types of birds were spotted and a quiz show was also held.
Janesh Kumar, a Class 10 student, told HT that it was the duty of all to protect migratory birds. Alexendra Vinogradova from Russia appreciated the beautiful landscape against which the birds were viewed.
Vinogradova said it was good to see birds from Siberia in land in India. When birds from Russia have landed in India by breaking through the geographical boundaries, the two nations can also come closer, the foreigner said.
Another foreign student said it was her first visit to India and she was impressed to see variety of birds here.
Ornithologist Harsh Wardhan appreciated the event and ter med it as a unique one designed to protect nature. Deputy conservator of forest of Sariska Tiger Reserve (STR) Manoj Parashar said 55 bird species had been counted so far.
Talking about the Alwar Bird Fair, field director of STR RS Shekhawat said there were many water bodies here which attract migratory birds from Europe, Mongolia and Siberia. The Alwar Bird Fair was started in 2000. After being discontinued for some years, it was again started in the past two years.