Chandigarh,Dated : 3rd December, 2018-Today, welcoming the arrival of migratory birds at Sukhna Lake, Department of Environment, Chandigarh Administration along with Yuvsatta-an NGO launched a fortnight long ‘Migratory Bird Watching Visits’ for local School students. On day one 100 students of Carmel Convent School, Chandigarh, enjoyed the bird watching treat. Prominent amongst those who were present on the occasion included Mr. Debendra Dalai, IFS, Chief Conservator of Forests & Director, Department of Environment, Mr. TC Nautiyal, IFS, Conservator of Forests, Dr. Abdul Qayum, IFS, Dy. Conservator of Forests, Chandigarh Administration, Mr. Kulbhushan Kanwar, Environmentalist & Pramod Sharma, Coordinator, Yuvsatta.

Mr. Debendra Dalai inaugurating the initiative said that "Nobody is allowed to play loud music or burst firecrackers near the lake and the sanctuary as that might disturb their lifestyle. And migratory birds come from places like Siberia, China and Afghanistan. These are brahmi ducks, common pochards, red-crusted pochards, grebes, geese, shell ducks, marsh ducks, diving ducks, rails, coots, stilts, hill kingfisher, mallard, pintail, cormorants, Siberian ducks, cranes, storks and sandpipers. He further emphasized on need for conservation of nature and responsibility of the entire society towards nature and nature conservation.

He further added that migratory birds start arriving in the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary from early November and their stay lasts till March or April, depending on the climatic conditions. And these birds are very sensitive; so we have made arrangements to make the environment conducive for them.

Regular bird watchers like Kulbhushan Kanwar explained to the kids about hundreds of migratory bird who travel every year thousands of miles to reach Sukhna Lake, to escape the harsh cold of their habitats.

According to forest officials, the winged visitors have been congregating here for the last over three decades as conditions in the region are very hospitable for them. They will be in their full strength by December end.

On this occasion, the winners of recently organized Inter-School Painting Contest on the theme of ‘Biodiversity Conservation were also honoured.

In coming days, volunteers of Yuvsatta and officials of Department of Environment, Chandigarh Administration intends to organize many such educational excursions for local School students.