Raipur: Chhattisgarh is going to launch its first-ever bird festival 'Gidhwa-Parsada Bird Festival 2021' in Parsada village, Durg Forest Division, said Additional Principal Conservator for Forest Arun Pandey.
The three-day-long festival will be launched on January 31 and it will end on February 2, Pandey said while speaking with the Free Press Journal over the phone. The forest department has started preparations for the festival.
In maintaining wildlife, diversity, and environmental conservation, birds play a major role. Gidhwa attracts and nests more than 150 varieties of birds including migratory (overseas) and local.
This includes the 106 varieties of local birds and more than 11 types of foreign migratory birds such as those from European countries, Mangolia, Burma and Bangladesh.
The Gidhwa and Parsada area has an old lake sprawling over 100 acres and 125 acres of catchment area. Every year migratory birds start arriving in the area in October month and stay up to March.
"We have planned to make the area a bird sanctuary and start conservation efforts", District Forest Officer Durg Ganveer Dhammshil said.
"But to sustain the concept we need a broader level of awareness, sensitisation of local populace and a good connect. Thus, we have linked it with tourism, which will generate jobs for the local youth," the DFO said.
"For the programme, we have engaged youth volunteers, specialists, bird lovers, and others so that it will create awareness and job opportunities both", he added.