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First bird ringing station set up in Kullu

The Wildlife wing of the Forest Department has set up a first bird ringing station in the Western Himalayas at Sairopa (Kullu) in the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) with the help of British experts.

Dr Francis Buner, a senior conservation scientist from the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, UK, and TH Walker, a bird ringer and trainer from the British Trust of Ornithology (BTO), imparted two weeks training to the wildlife staff in bird identification skills and ringing of birds.

In all, 23 wildlife guards and three range officers underwent the training.

A total of 57 bird species were identified and more than 260 individual birds of various species were ringed with metallic rings having unique number and Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) stamp. These rings have been provided by the Bombay Natural History Society of India.

“The main objective behind establishing the first bird ringing station in the Western Himalayas was that it acts as a blueprint for further stations required to be set up to study bird migration between the Indian subcontinent and Central Asia and provide wildlife staff with the necessary basic bird identification skills needed to carry out surveys,” said Tarun Sridhar, Principal Secretary, Forests and Revenue.

He said another objective was to have a ringing scheme similar to the one used in Europe and North America which, over its almost 100 years of existence, had provided an exciting and important ecological data which had resulted in countless conservation projects along migratory routes and wintering sites of birds.

The Tribune (11-11-2013)