Chandigarh,03.12.19: Today, Mr. Debendra Dalai, IFS, Director, Department of Environment, Chandigarh Administration, launched a fortnight long ‘Migratory Bird Watching & Swatchta Abhiyan’, from regulator end of Sukhna Lake, in which 100 students participated from Eco Cclub of Government Girls Model Sr. Sec. School, Sector 18C, Chandigarh. The programme was organized by Yuvsatta-an NGO in collaboration with Department of Environment, Chandigarh Administration.

In his welcome address Mr. Kubhushan Kanwar, environmentalist shared that this year the migratory birds already arrived at Sukhna Lake includes Common Pochard, Ruddy Shelduck, Common Coot, Greater Cormorant, Purple Heron, Oriental Pied Hornbill, and many more expected to arrive. Sharing their interesting pattern of flying he mentioned that they fly in v- formation like rollercoaster and keep their leaders change crossing over Himalaya.

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 water bodies in the sanctuary. As Chandigarh is on the flight path of many migratory birds, which fly from Himalayas and even far-off places such as Central Asia, Siberia, Europe, China and Japan. 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 a cleanliness drive was also carried by participating student at regulator end, where they collected around 300 kg of garbage.

In the end, Pramod Sharma, Coordinator of Yuvsatta-NGO also conducted a green-quiz, the winners of which were presented with autobiographies of Mahatma Gandhi.