Uttar Pradesh Bird Festival
CEE was invited by State Ecotourism Agency - Uttar Pradesh Forest Corporation (UPFC) to organize bird awareness and education activities at ‘UP Bird Festival’, initiated by The Government of Uttar Pradesh, from 4-6 December 2015 at Jarar, Chambal, Agra. Uttar Pradesh is known for its rich biodiversity and is home to over 800 species of birds where 45 of these are globally threatened species. This festival is aimed at popuarizing bird sighting locations as well as creating awareness among people for conservation of birds and their habitats.
The festival had presence of over 100 international and national level ornithologists, photographers, birding enthusiasts, and wildlife artists. Apart from this there was visit of local school, colleges, institutions and state level nature and wildlife conservation agencies. The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Shri Akhilesh Yadav inaugurated the event and addressed the participants. Over 350 school students from Agra, Chambal, Etawah and nearby areas attended the festival. CEE facilitated orientation session on knowing birds, visit to bird exhibition, expert lecture, competitions, games etc. The activities involved participation in quiz, essay and poster making competitions. Winners were awarded by Senior Forest officials. Mr. Akhilesh Yadav interacted with CEE team at the stall wherein CEE exhibited their work and educational material. Mr. Sanjeev Saran, Principal Secretary Environment, UP Government also appreciated CEE for closely working with UP Government on several environment education related projects. The Prakriti Bus was also stationed at bird festival raising awareness of visitors and participants about the rich biodiversity of Uttar Pradesh.
Some of the ongoing and important projects in the state are:
Ms. Preeti R. Kanaujia,
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