Bihar is set to become north India’s first ”BIRD RINGING STATION”

Bihar is set to become north India’s first ”BIRD RINGING STATION” for observing, monitoring and researching on migratory birds. It’s the fourth state in the country after Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, and Orissa. The forest department will set up “ringing” stations at various bird habitats before the next winter. The main ringing center will be set up in the Diara region of Bhagalpur, Bihar as it attracts many migratory birds. This initiative is a step towards protecting mother nature.

Amit Kumar, director of Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park alias Patna zoo, said, “on the occasion of CMS-COP13 (conservation of Migratory species-conference of parties) Deepak Kumar Singh, principal secretary of Bihar government’s department of environment, forest and climate changes,  has signed a memorandum of understanding(MoU) with the Bombay Natural History Society for establishing the ‘birds- ringing station’ in Bihar”.

“The MoU would be valid for five years in which the state government of Bihar will spend almost Rs 5 crore,” Kumar said.

At the CMS-COP13, a total of 130 countries are participating now for wider discussion on the characteristics, conducts and other details of migratory species. Detailing the first government-supported ‘birds ringing station’, he said that the station will be manned by trained scientists and other technical manpower from Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS).

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“It will also be monitoring arrivals of migratory birds in areas including Nakti (Jamui), Kusheswarasthan in Darbhanga, Baraila wetland in Vaishali and the Kanwar wetland in Begusarai. In this process, the rings are used which used to be affixed with chips containing the details about origin, route, taken by the migratory birds and other subordinate activities,” he said.

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