GUWAHATI, Nov 12 - A young brigade of nature enthusiasts took part in a bird watching cum nature trail and a motivational awareness event held as part of the birth anniversary of Dr Salim Ali, here today.
The event was organised by Women in Nature Network India (WNNI) in collaboration with the Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden, Aaranyak and Nature Learning Centre.
According to the organisers altogether 70 students from different universities and colleges and a host of distinguished personalities took part in the event held in the State Zoo.
Green Oscar winner Dr Purnima Devi Barman, who is also the director of WNNI, while speaking on the occasion, said, “Our idea behind this initiative is to popularise bird watching among students and to inspire them to be future ornithologists by getting inspired from ornithologist Dr Salim Ali.”
The event focused on the importance of bird watching and knowing one’s neighbourhood birds. A motivational programme also took place with the students discussing their future conservation prospects and careers.
Resource persons including Dr Narayan Sharma from Cotton University, Dr Jayaditya Purkayastha from Help Earth, Dr Rahul Sharma from SB Deorah College, Sangeeta Sarma from Don Bosco University, Jayanta Pathak from Aaranyak, Somayita Sur (research scholar) from Gauhati University and Pranjal Mahananda (research scholar) from Gauhati University trained the young group on bird watching.
Tejas Mariswamy, DFO of the Zoo inaugurated the programme and Pranay Bordoloi delivered a motivational talk where he explained his Himalayan expedition and encouraged students to be nature adventurers.
The participating students submitted the birds’ lists that they identified under the guidance of the resource persons. Some 37 species of birds were sighted including black drongo, grey headed canary fly catcher, cattle egret, grey teeth, oriental magpie robin, rose ringed parakeet, blue throated barbet, black drongo, coppersmith barbet, cinereous tit, booted eagle, different species of warblers, shikara, spotted dove, etc., a statement said.