Andaman Avians Club Celebrates World Wetland Day

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Port Blair, Feb 04: World Wetland Day Celebrations were conducted in a befitting manner by the Andaman Avian Club in the Isles. The members of the club had conducted a basic birding workshop for the students of 6th, 7th &8th classes of Govt Middle School Sippighat.
After an initial description about the wetland habitat and its importance and the use and care of the binoculars generously lended by the Forest Dept A& N Admin, the students were divided into groups and were taken along with their school teachers for a short bird walk just across the road in the Sippighat wetlands.
The children saw a variety of wetland species of birds that inhabit the wetlands. They were particularly enthralled to view a pair of Brahminy Kites and 3 White bellied Sea Eagles. Some of the students also got to watch a common kingfisher hover and dive into the water and catch a fish.
The members of the club appraised the students about the effects of throwing plastic waste into such water bodies. After an exciting hour of birding refreshments were distributed and a vote of thanks was delivered by the President of the Club.
The AAC is very thankful to the Head Master of the Govt Middle School Sippighat Mr. Rajeshwar Velu for allowing the Club to conduct such a workshop for the school children. Incidentally just before the workshop began, the club had rescued a Little Egret that was caught in fishing net. This gave a good opportunity for the club to show the children the direct impact human negligence has on the other species.
The bird was later cleaned and handed over to the wildlife dept for further management. AAC strongly believes that the young children of the isles are the future guardians of the rich biodiversity of these islands. The club looks forward to conduct more such birding workshops in schools throughout the islands and create awareness amongst students.
Later, club managing committee headed by our President Mr. Ram Vikas met and honoured Mr.Biswanath Majumdar R/O. Chouldari with a certificate and Cash Reward. He has voluntarily supported our club in Water Bird census from last two years and he and his family with their sustainable farming practise has helped a lot in preserving a wetland ecosystem around his farm for future birding activities.

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