Chandigarh, December 8: Today, celebrating World Volunteering Day, Mr. Debendra Dalai, IFS, Director, Department of Environment, Chandigarh Administration, was the Chief Guest at a ‘Swacchta Walk & Migratory Bird Watching Visit’, at Sukhna Lake. In which following all COVID protocols 80 students participated from NSS Wing of Government Home Science College and Kitabghar Library of Yuvsatta-NGO. The programme was organized by the Department of Environment, Chandigarh Administration in collaboration with Yuvsatta-an NGO.

In his welcome address Mr. Kubhushan Kanwar, environmentalist shared that this year bar-headed geese, a migratory bird that reaches the Sukhna Lake from Siberia after flying over the Himalayas during winter arrived along with many others migratory birds like Ruddy Shelduck, Black-winged Stilt, Eurasian Coot, Great Cormorant, Indian Spot-billed Duck, Northern Pintail etc. He added that many more expected to reach soon.

Addressing the young students Mr. Debendra Dalai shared that every year, with the onset of winter, hundreds of migratory birds flock to Sukhna Lake from far-off place and other over 180 water bodies which their department had created in the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary. These winged visitors start arriving here as early as November and can be spotted till March. And for the safe stay and well-being here, the shallow water and weeds towards Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary area are a blessing in disguise. At least for the birds, they are a good habitat.

And before the start of bird-watching for the students participated in a ‘Swacchta Walk at Sukhna Lake carrying placards of ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’ & Swacch Bharat Abhiyan.