Training programme on conserving Bengal Florican held in Arunachal Pradesh
A one-day training programme on how to monitor and conserve the rare and critically endangered bird - the ‘Bengal Florican’ - was conducted for frontline staff of D. Ering Wildlife Sanctuary at the Division office in Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh, on April 10.
The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), Maharashtra, organised the programme in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE), Segre Foundation, and D. Ering Wildlife Sanctuary Division (DEWS).
BNHS scientist Biswajit Chakdar gave an audio-visual presentation on how to identify and monitor the bird.
Divisional forest officer (DFO), DEWS, Tasang Taga, and Wildlife enthusiast Maksam Tayeng highlighted the importance of the programme and thanked the BNHS team for conducting the training, which they said, would help them monitor the Bengal Florican - locally known as ‘Sitong Periik’ in the sanctuary’s grassland.
DEWS has the highest population of Bengal Florican in India.
“The short grasses of the sanctuary, which cover about 80 per cent of the total area, are most suitable for this grassland obligate birds like critically endangered Bengal Florican,” informed a scientist from BNHS.
(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)