DIGBOI, Feb 5 – The World Wetlands Day which traces its origin to the convention on wetlands on February 2, 1971 and has since been observed in more than 100 countries in the world was organised at Digboi by Digboi College in collaboration with Aaranyak, and the Digboi Division of Forests in the morning hours of the day.
Very early in the morning environmental activists, biologists, wildlife experts and students came to an old stretch of wetland in the heart of Digboi Oilfield area within Digboi Reserve Forest. The group consisted of Sailendra Mohan Das of Aaranyak, wildlife biologist Rajib Rudra Tariang, avian expert Bibhash Mitra, Honorary Wildlife Warden HN Sarma, ACFs of Digboi Division, Suchen Gogoi and Sushil Thakuria, Vice-Principal of Digboi College and wildlife photographer KN Timsina, Asst Professor and wildlife photographer Gauri Buragohain, Asst Professor and nature activist Dwipesh Mandal, subject teacher of VKV Boragolai Prakash Ranjan, a nature activist and photo journalist Hira Phukan and a host of nature enthusiastic students of Digboi College.
The programme began with an introductory lecture by Rajib Rudra Tariang addressed particularly to the students about the ‘do’s and don’ts’ while observing the wetland scenario. This was followed by the entire group visiting the vast wetland. The entire group was thrilled to spot a White Winged Wood-Duck floating on the waterscape in rhythmic movement well within view for about an hour. This rare species of the bird was spotted in this particular wetland after a break of several years. The group also viewed a number of coots, little egrets, great egrets, Indian pond herons, jakanas, little cormorants etc.
At the end of the visit, the significance of the day was explained to the group by Tariang, Mitra and Das. They also elaborated on this year’s theme of the day– ‘Wetland and Agricultural Farming’.