A one-day awareness campaign on water bird conservation was held on Tuesday at the Loktak Inland Water Transport Complex, Sendra, organised by the Bishnupur Forest Division, Manipur.
The campaign was also supported by the Global Science Club Khoijuman, Kumbi College, Magolnganbi College, Loktak Lake Tourism Development, Cooperative Society Limited, Canoeing and Kayaking Association, Sendra Youth Club, and the Bishnupur District Rowing Association.
Manipur Wetland Authority (Technical Committee) chairman Kh Shamungou said every year, during winter season, various species of birds migrate to Loktak lake. Sometimes, among the migratory birds are endangered species too, like the Greater Scaup, locally known as Sadangman. They reached Loktak Lake while searching for a comfortable place, he added.
State Coordinator, IBCN, RK Birjit, said it was difficult to identify the Greater Scaup easily as they are staying together with Puppet ducks, though the female Greater Scaup was sighted and identified.
According to records, in India the Greater Scaup migrated to 15 places, including Manipur. The Greater Scaup is on the list of concerning birds and was sighted in Loktak lake for the first time since 1927.
He said that publishing about migratory birds in newspapers is not enough to maintain records. It should be recorded in a journal so that it will be recorded in the future.
“Manipur itself is a laboratory, go to the field”, said Birjit but also drew the attention of photographers to be aware of the bird’s fear.
Honorary Wildlife Warden, Bishnupur District, K Jogeshor, said that Loktak Lake is identified under Ramsar site and according to Ramsar site the lake sighted 20,000 birds including migratory. Therefore, every year the counting of birds is conducted in the lake.
Most importantly, the Loktak Lake should be removed from the Montreux record by preservation and protection, he added.
The programme was attended by Moirang College, assistant professor, N Sony Meitei and members of Wildlife Explorer Manipur.