Gidhwa-Parsada all set to host birders, ornithologists from across the nation.

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As the first ray of sun will dawn on Chhattisgarh, birders and ornithologists of Chhattisgarh as well as across the nation will converge to feast their eyes with the plumages, bills and talons of all colours, shapes and sizes put on exhibition by dozens of avian species at the wetlands of Gidhwa-Parsada from January 31.

Gidhwa-Parsada has got the privilege to host the first bird festival of Chhattisgarh from January 31 to February 2, 2021. Researchers, bird watchers will share their experience and knowledge. Ornithologists from states like West Bengal, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka are gathering at Gidhwa-Parsada.

Villagers preparing bird sighting platforms

Winter is that time of the year when most avian species are in a mood of romance. Millions of birds from arctic circles and other colder regions of the northern part of the globe migrate to warmer climate zones such as India. LocateWinter is that time of the year when most avian species are in a mood of romance and family planning. Millions of birds from arctic circles and other colder regions of the northern part of the globe migrate to warmer climate zones such as India. Since Chhattisgarh has been blessed with rich forests and water resources, the two primary need of birds to roost and breed, a lot of avian species prefer to breed and raise their fledgelings here till they are stronger enough to fly back thousands of kilometres to the northern circle of globe.d close to the equator line, Chhattisgarh has been blessed with rich forests and water resources, the two primary need of birds to roost and breed.

Volunteers preparing for bird festival

Durg Divisional Forest Officer Dhammashil Ganvir has taken the initiative to raise awareness about birds among the general masses. CROW Foundation member Ornithologist Ravi Naidu will lecture on bird watching and importance of bird in the ecosystem.

M Suraj from Nova Nature Society will speak on the topics of wetland conservation and livelihood. A documentary film show and cultural programmes with the active participation of locals will be held in the evening on the first day.

On the second day, senior ornithologist AMK Bharos will address the people on the subject. His speech will be followed by bird conservation dialogue with the villagers.

Kurud College Professor Hitendra Tandon will give a lecture on the topic of usefulness of birds in farming. Retired Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) KC Bebarta will talk about water conservation while scientist Dr Jasmeet Singh will lecture on the effect of bird flu on humans. Gidhwa-Parsada Reservoir SRT CEO Namrata will address on the topic of organic farming. The evening will feature street play and painting competition for the kids.

On the third day, a 7-km pintail marathon from Parsada to Gidhwa will be held, followed by an address on birds and their habitat and lastly, Yatendra Agrawal of Eco-Solution will lecture on “We and Water.”

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