Dimapur, February 16: The first ever campus bird count for Nagaland was held on Saturday at Montfort School, Baghty in Wokha District. The programme was organized by Baghty Range under Wokha Forest Division in collaboration with eBird India, Bird Count India and Greenhumour.
Campus Bird Count, a national event runs through February 15-18 and is held every year. This is the first time that a campus from Nagaland was registered. The campus bird count is a sub-event of the larger Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), which is a global event, also held annually and falls on the same dates. GBBC is a free, fun and easy event that engages birdwatchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real time snapshot of bird population.
Besides bird watching, the events at Montfort School included quiz competition and classroom birding where digital media was used as a means to identify birds, besides using the same to enlighten the students on importance of birds and bird watching.
During the event, Onenjunghi Ao, photographer, Nagaland Forest Department, briefed the students on facts and importance of birds and their conservation. Lansothung Lotha, Range Forest Officer, Baghty Range, introduced the students on campus bird count, GBBC and classroom birding. He also thanked Zuthunglo Ezung, DFO Wokha for her valuable guidance in organizing the event. Altogether, 40 students participated in the event.
(Page News Service)