“Bird Observatory & centre for Ornithology” – Rahul Pradeep Ratnaparkhi
Prof. N. D. Wagande + M. Nathe
Shri Sant Gadgebaba Amravati University, Maharashtra, INDIA
Bird sanctuaries are bestowed with enriched flora and fauna that is you get to see lot more things than only birds. Bird sanctuary is the place for resident and migratory birds.
Most of us enjoy having birds around. We delight in feeding them at our feeders, listening to their unique songs, observing their curious behaviour and being awed by their brilliant colours. Our lives are enriched by the presence of birds. Birds are a part of the balance of nature; they eat insects and, in turn, are themselves eaten by other animals. They contribute to the web-of-life that makes for a healthy environment.
But now the numbers of birds are decreasing. Now it’s a time to regenerate space for them within us. We can achieve their company by providing bird feeders, small water ponds, nests in hot season and throughout the year.
Observatory building includes a meeting hall for visitors and seminars held at the Bird Observatory with necessary demonstration equipment/furniture/small library, accommodation facilities and a research center of migratory birds including a laboratory with necessary equipment (PCs, equipment for analysis of genetic samples, internet, optic equipment, etc.)
Bird Observatory will be the main research and education center of migratory birds in the adjacent locality. A workshop for different groups will be arranged in the Bird Observatory. to promote and discuss bird conservation, sustainable floodplain management, wetland restoration and ecotourism issues in the territory.
The Bird Observatory will serve as the research and education center, essential for collection and publicity of all information related to migratory bird populations.
The newly developed Bird Observatory will improve environmental education and awareness for local communities, which is necessary for long-term maintenance of any water body of the surrounding.
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