3rd Uttarakhand Spring Bird Festival gets underway
Dehradun: The third Uttarakhand Spring Bird Festival began with fanfare at Asan Conservation Reserve (Asan) on Thursday. Thousands of migratory birds taking dip in the lake and hovering in the sky in flocks in ACR complemented the occasion of the festival. There were interesting exhibitions of photographs depicting various species of beautiful migratory birds clicked by ace photographers Satpal Gandhi and Bhumesh Bharti. There was also an assortment of old and rare collections of photographs related to the bygone era of the Dehradun town put by Lokesh Ohri, Uttarakhand incharge of INTACH.
The festival is being held at three other locations, Forest Research Institute, Rajaji Tiger Reserve, Thano Reserve simultaneously in Doon valley.
On this occasion, state forest minister Dinesh Aggarwal expressed concern over decreasing budget for forest. “When Nav Prabhat was state forest minister (in 2007), then the state forest budget would be Rs 400 crore which has come down to mere Rs 50 crore since then. We need funds to conserve our forests and wildlife which we can do so by boosting eco-tourism without disturbing the wildlife or tempering with the conservation programs. Visitors too are required to be sensitized to behave sensibly while being in a forest environs.”
Various nature based organizations such as Titli Trust, Nature Science Initiative, World Wide Fund for Nature and Wild Species Conservancy had put up their stalls to share information about their works and encourage the visitors to be part of their endeavors.