Himachal sets up first Bird Ringing Station at Salropa in Kullu

Shimla/November 28
First of its kind Bird Ringing Station in Western Himalayan region has been setup by Himachal Wildlife wing at Salropa in prestigious Great Himalayan National Park in Kullu.
A Forest department spokesman said that a capacity building program was organized for the frontline staff in Bird Ringing and Dr Francis Buner, a Senior Conservation Scientist of Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust of United Kingdom and T H Walker of British Trust of Ornithology (BTO) ‘A Licensee’ Senior Bird Ringer and Trainer imparted intensive training to Wildlife staff in bird identification skills and ringing for two weeks recently.
“During the program, 57 bird species were identified and more than 260 individual birds of various species were ringed with metallic rings having unique number and Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) stamp,” said the spokesperson, adding that the major aims of this capacity building Program as well as establishing a Bird Ringing Station in Great Himalayan National Park were to establish the first bird ringing station in the Western Himalayas and act as blueprint for further stations required to study bird migration between the Indian Subcontinent and Central Asia, provide wildlife staff with the necessary basic bird identification skills needed to carry out surveys, enthuse wildlife staff and other interested groups to improve and professionalize their species identification skills.
The spokesperson added that it will help to attract bird watchers and ringers to Himachal Pradesh from any western countries besides providing an excellent communication and knowledge transfer platform between the State and international species and conservation experts.