BNHS Conservation Education Centre is organizing ‘BNHS-Bird Walk at Okhla Bird Sanctuary’ on Sunday, January 22.
Okhla Bird Sanctuary
Okhla Bird Sanctuary, situated in Gautam Budh Nagar is a seasonal home to several migratory birds. Both local and migratory birds flock to these wetlands during winters. This gives birding enthusiasts ample opportunity to watch a large variety of birds. Quite naturally, the Okhla bird sanctuary attracts a lot of visitors and nature lovers from across India. Also a lot of students’ groups from different schools of NCR make educational trips to these wetlands during winters.
Birds at Okhla Bird Sanctuary
The bird population in Okhla Bird Sanctuary has doubled in the past one year as per the findings of the Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) 2017. An annual bird survey is conducted every January with the aim of conservation, management and promotion of wetlands and water birds. It helps seek international cooperation as well.
A total of 6,183 birds were counted at the Okhla Bird Sanctuary on January 08, the first day of the census, by 10 volunteers according to a report by Hindustan Times. As many as 53 different species of birds have been sighted much larger than the last year’s figure. Enjoy your bird walk sighting the Graylag Geese, Northern Shoveler, Barheaded Geese and Eurasian Coot commonly found around this time of the year.
If you are lucky you can catch a glimpse of six rare birds spotted so far – Black-headed Ibis, Painted Stork, Oriental Darter, Common Pochard, Black-tailed Godwit and Greater Spotted Eagle. These have been categorized as ‘threatened’ according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list.
Bird Walk Best Way to Explore the Sanctuary
Ideally, a walk around the Okhla Bird Sanctuary is the best way to explore the wetlands. BNHS Conservation Center pitches in to offer a Bird Walk under the guidance of seasoned birder, Mr Ishtiyak Ahmed at Okhla Bir Sanctuary in Gautam Buddh Nagar. Conservation Education Centre Delhi is engaged in sensitizing people about the environment. They help you to understand more about the living world and the role you have to play to conserve it.
Bird Walk Activities
The bird walk activities planned for the day includes, bird identification and bird watching. So all the birding enthusiasts and nature lovers join this walk on a wintry Sunday to explore the amazing Avi-faunal diversity of Okhla Bird Sanctuary.
What: Bird Walk at Okhla Bird Sanctuary
Where: Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Gautam Buddh Nagar;
Meeting Point: Near Kalindi Kunj
When: January 22, 2017 Timings: 7.00 am – 9.30 am Cost: INR350/-
Contact: Mr. Ishtiyak Ahmed, Education Officer (Registration)
Phone: 011-26042010/ 9958549109, 8800741867
Photo Credits: Social Media page of CEC