3rd Bird Festival of Goa, 2020
17th – 19th Jan 2020, Valpoi
Much has been said about the irresistible charms of Goa. With its white beautiful beaches, friendly people, charming Portuguese influences in architecture, food and culture, great bird watching. Goa is one of the most famous tourist destinations in India.. With a wide array of habitats within its boundaries, the state also boasts of over 450 species of birds on its checklist with several rarities and endemics. Above all, there is an enthusiastic bird watching community.
Valpoi – Sattari, Goa is an interesting landscape with a mix of dry woodlands, wetlands and evergreen forests in the gently undulating terrain, with steep escarpments dotted with waterfalls characteristic of the northern Western Ghats, make it quite a spot to go on a wildlife expedition in Goa. One of the 25 mega biodiversity hot spots in the world, it has extremely high level of biodiversity both in terms of flora and fauna. Birds that are habitat specialists occur in the region. IBA trigger species here are: Nilgiri wood-pigeon, Malabar parakeet, Malabar grey hornbill, grey-headed bulbul, rufous babbler, white-bellied blue-flycatcher , crimson-backed sunbird, Ceylon Frogmouth, Malabar Trogon, Black-backed Dwarf and Blue-eared Kingfishers, White-bellied Woodpecker, Great Pied and Malabar Pied Hornbills, Malabar Whistling-thrush, White-bellied Blue Flycatcher, Forest Eagle-owl, and Indian Pitta. Forest edges are frequented by mixed feeding flocks that can contain such delights as Asian Paradise and Tickell’s Blue Flycatchers, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Heart-spotted Woodpecker, Flame-throated Bulbul, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, and Dark-fronted Babbler A total of more than 255 bird species have been recorded in the region. Of these, 53 showed direct signs of breeding here. All in all, Valpoi offers great birding opportunities.
This is a third of its kind initiative by the Goa Forest Department to hold a Bird Festival of Goa in January,2020. Goa Tourism Department will be partnering the event. The festival will take place at Forest Training School Complex , Valpoi – Goa from 17-19 January, 2020. There will be talks by prominent ornithologist from around the globe. Workshops by professional photographers, art shows by renowned artists, guided bird walks. Early morning would be for bird watching in the in Valpoi reserve forests, Bhagwan Mahavir WLS , Mhadei WLS & Bondla WLS , followed by talks/workshops during the day. Talks will be held in parallel sessions with interactive sessions to allow for open discussions of different subjects. There will be a photo exhibition featuring some of the best works of different photographers, and a live birding related demonstration as well as live demonstrations on the art of drawing and painting birds.
This festival proposes activities that cater to varied interest levels and has been therefore conceptualized with a view to bring together professionals from academia, field experts and industry to impart attributes of wild life and biodiversity conservation among public not just for education or entertainment but to groom them as nature lovers through exchange and sharing of experiences, ideas & knowledge.
KEY OBJECTIVES OF THE FESTIVAL
• Scale up avi-faunal awareness, promote bird watching and open new vistas for eco-tourism/ avi – tourism in Goa’s hinterland
• Create opportunities to grow bird tourism as means to conservation
• Organize bird walks, workshops, about different bird Conservation projects and educational activities for all ages.
• Educate, entertain and inform the public about birds ,
• Build initiatives to reduce the impact of Climate Change on the environment
• Focus on putting bird conservation on the center-stage and raises the attention of nature enthusiasts and general public towards the significance of birds and the important role they play in the ecosystem.
The event is jointly organised by the Goa Forest Department, Goa Tourism & Goa Bird Conservation Network . It offers ample opportunities for birding, learning and networking. Do come and share the joy of bird watching.