DIGBOI, Feb 3 - The World Wetland Day was observed by a team of wildlife enthusiasts of Digboi on Tuesday.
The programme was organized by the Department of Zoology of Digboi College and Aaranyak – a scientific and industrial research organization to mark the occasion.
The World Wetlands Day, which traces its origin to the convention on wetlands on February 2, 1971, has since been observed in more than 160 countries across the world.
The day’s event began in the morning by a visit to an antique stretch of wetland in the heart of Digboi Oilfield area within Digboi Reserve Forest. The group comprises Honorary Wildlife Warden H N Sarma, Ajoy Kr Das of Aaranyak, wildlife biologist Rajib Rudra Tariang, Vice-Principal of Digboi College Kedar Nath Timsina, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science Jitu Borah and photo journalist Hira Phukan and a host of enthusiastic students of Digboi College.
The programme started with an introductory lecture by H N Sarma, addressed particularly to the students about the importance of the wetlands in the ecological system of the entire region. He called upon the group to take the pledge to work steadfastly for the preservation of the wetlands in the surrounding districts.
Ajoy Kr Das spoke on the Ramsar Convention and the strategic importance of the Deepar Beel in the areas including Guwahati on the southern bank of the Brahmaputra. Das mentioned that the Deepar Beel was the only Ramsar site of Assam.
Kedar Nath Timsina and Rajib Rudra Tariang briefed about the birds sighted in the wetland. This was followed by the entire group visiting the vast wetland. The group was thrilled to sight the migratory birds floating on the waterscape in rhythmic movement well within view for about an hour.
The group also viewed a number of coots, little egrets, great egrets, Indian pond herons, bronze winged jacana, little cormorants, great cormorant, oriental darter, Indian shag, ruddy-shield ducks, ferruginous duck, falcate-duck, common teal, common sandpiper, etc.
At the end of the visit, the significance of the day was explained to the group by Tariang who also elaborated on this year’s theme of the day – ‘Wetland for our future: Sustainable Livelihood’.