Port Blair, May 14: Andaman Avian Club successfully organized a two day bird watching event for the conservation of Andaman Teal and its habitat at South Andaman on 5th and 6th May, 18. The event was fully funded by Wildlife Trust of India under their Rapid Action Project. The event was organized to spread awareness on Andaman Teal, an endemic species of duck found only in the Andaman Islands which is facing high risk of habitat destruction at South Andaman Island. On 5th May, the event was successfully completed at Sippighat wetlands which recorded the presence of 54 Andaman Teal individuals while 368 individuals were recorded on the event held at Ograbranj Wetlands on 6th May, 18. We would like to thank Shri. Naveen Kumar (IFS), DCF (Wildlife), South Andaman for his continued support and accepting our invitation to attend the event and to talk about the importance of Andaman teal and preserving its habitat to the participants. We would also like to thank Mr. Suresh Vengappan, Ranger (Wildlife Division), South Andaman for ever so helpful in supporting us and the entire A&N forest department for their continued support. Finally, we would like to thank Wildlife Trust of India, New Delhi for the showing concern for the Andaman Teals and helping us successfully launch this awareness campaign.
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