Initiative for wildlife conservation through competition

Bhopal, October 5, 2015 (Ataullah Faizan):  Bird watching camp was held at Van Vihar National Park under Wildlife Conservation Week from 6 to 8.30 am here today. As many as 150 bird lovers from various educational and other institutions took part in it. Van Vihar Assistant Director Mr. P.K. Ghai while apprisig bird watchers of basics informed about bird species mostly found in Van Vihar. Bhopal’s eminent bird experts Dr. Surendra Tiwari and Dr. Sangeeta Rajgeer were present as resource persons. The bird lovers identified various species of birds including Kingfisher, Woolly-Neck Stork, Khanjan, Cormorant, Whistling Teel, pariya kite, Red Munia, Chatak, nightingale, ababeel etc. They described the well planned bird watching camp as a unique experience of their lives. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Mr. C.K. Patil and Director Van Vihar Mr. Atul Jain were present. Rangoli competition was held from 9 to 11 am in which 105 participants of different age groups displayed their artistic prowess. They made rangolis on the theme “Nature and Wildlife”.

Bird watching camp will be held from 6 to 8.30 am on October 5. From 10 am to 12 noon, essay competitions will be held. “Birds and Butterflies are our Friends” is the topic for junior group, “Vulture Conservation as Important as Tiger Conservation” for senior group and “Carbon Footprint – India in International Background” for open group. College level debate competition on “Co-existence of Humans and Wildlife in Present Environs” will be held from 1 to 4 pm.