“Birds Village” In Sambalpur Promises To Protect Migratory Birds

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Sambalpur: Govindpur village( under Lakhanpur Wildlife Range, Ambabhona Block) near Hirakud lake have declared themselves as “Birds Village” under guidance of Hirakud Wildlife Division.

Besides, two other adjoining villages Tamdei and Ramkhol have joined hands with them.

All 3 villages, in a meeting, have promised that they will protect and conserve the migratory birds coming to Hirakud reservoir every year. More than 2 lakh foreign birds migrate from different parts of world to Hirakud every year during October and halt here for 6 months ( More than 100 variety of birds).

Many tourists from Chhattisgarh (Raigarh,Raipur etc), Jharkhand, nearby districts like Jharsuguda, Bolangir, Sonepur, Sambalpur and all locals of Bargarh districts visit these 3 villages for Picnic, Boating and Birding. Many photographers too come here for photography of Temples submerged at Hirakud, wildlife of Debrigarh who come down to water morning and evening, beauty of vast Hirakud Lake and forested hills inside water.

All houses in these villages will be have wall paintings of the colourful birds like Redcrested Pochard, Moorhen, Skimmer etc and they will as guide take tourists for boating and explain them interesting features of these birds, from which country they hv come, why they hv come. All villagers will keep the landscape clean, Hirakud Division will install enough dustbins for this purpose.

Signages from Chhattisgarh and in neighbouring districts will be installed for directions and promotions. Books and printing materials on birds and Hirakud lake will also be distributed by Division in next 6months.

The wall paintings, signboards and dustbin work has already started.

Declaration of Hirakud Lake as Ramsar Site in 2022 will invite many travellers, tourists, photographers, trekkers to this area in coming years.

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