The 22nd ‘Indian Birding Fair’ to be held on 7 and 8 February at Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur will be dedicated to the conservation of wader birds. The 2-day fair will campaign for the conservation of as many as 84 species of wader birds found in the Indian subcontinent. The event will also witness open-air sessions on conservation, quizzes, paintings, tattoo making, etc.
The fair is being organised by Tourism & Wildlife Society of India (TWSI) and is supported by Jaipur Zoo, Hem Chand Mahindra Trust, WWF, AU Bank, Trimurty, JMRPL and some overseas organizations.
One of the primary objectives of organizing the annual Birding Fair is to create an awareness among the citizens of Jaipur regarding birds and the Man Sagar lake. Over the years Jaipurites have seen a huge improvement in the Man Sagar lake and the quality of water.
While some of the wader birds are fairly common like Black-Winged Stilt or Red-Wattled Lapwing, others face a delirious plight like Jerdon’s Courser which has not observed for past 8 years. Similarly, the Spoon-Billed Sandpiper, breeds in South East Russia and migrates up to Bangladesh border annually. There are less than 150 of these birds left.