Day-long workshop on Birding held at Yuksam


Gyalshing, 16Jan:

A day-long workshop on birding was organized at Yuksam, West Sikkim, by Birdwatchers Society and Bird Count India jointly in association with Khangchendzonga Conservation Society.

Secretary of Birdwatchers Society Kolkata,SujanChatterjee,said thatthey have been organising such workshops in various states with an aim to make people aware aboutconservation and promotion of birding activity in tourism without harming or disturbing the natural habitat for birds.

"An eBird mobile application has been developed by one American University to promote birdwatching as a hobby and the information shared in the app will reach the global community and help to monitor the migration status of birds, saidMrChatterjee.

The workshop was attended by students and local tourism stakeholders as well as well-known birding guides of the area.

The participants were sensitised on conservation of natural habitat for birds.The workshop urged participants to share and upload pictures of birds taken in their respective areas which will help the organisation to monitor and record the activity of birds in the region.

Birding tourism is booming in Sikkim along with other states of India and the participants were sensitised on the importance of conserving the natural habitat of birds.

The workshop stressed on bringing awareness among people on conservation and promotion of Birding Tourism without harming and disturbing the natural habitat for birds in the state.

Birding experts also talked about negative impacts of birding and how it should be practiced without harming birds and their habitat.

Experts from Bird Count India and Birdwatchers Society explained the need for documentation and the benefits of uploading records to eBird Mobile application. The experts gave details about using theeBird data for a variety of reasons, from making the birding experience richer to conservation of areas and patches dear to these birders.

This was followed by a walkthrough on how to use eBird mobile application and its various web-based features. The walkthrough included a tutorial on how to submit lists, what birding protocols on eBird may mean, using the Explore Data tab, etc to the participants.

A tourismentrepreneur from Yuksam, DS Limboo said, “Such workshops are required for those who are engaged in tourism sector. I hope it will help us to conserve and promote tourism without harming nature.”

All the participants were given certificates during the workshop.