In a bid to raise awareness for the protection and conservation of the Amur Falcon, the world’s longest migratory bird, the Manipur Forest Authority is gearing up for the seventh edition of the Amur Falcon Festival in Tamenglong district headquarters, 150 km west of Imphal on Monday, officials said.
The one-day festival is usually celebrated in the first or second week of November to strengthen the human-nature connection and to recognize the importance of this small raptor in the lives of the people of the region. It was organized in 2015.
Minister of Forests, Environment and Climate Change, Thongam Biswajit Singh, Minister of Water Resources, Awangbow Newmai and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Head of Forestry Force, Dr. AK Joshi will attend the festival .
“The festival is not just a place for celebration but also a place where people from different walks of life come together and share ideas,” said Divisional Forestry Officer (DFO), Amandeep of Tamenglong District. “I am sure that during the festival we will have many new ideas for the protection and conservation of the Amur falcon.”
He said the idea is not only to promote and encourage all stakeholders to protect the species, but also to make the current generation feel compassionate towards the love hawk and the wildlife. “We are also compiling local best practices and creating banks of traditional knowledge to use to improve Amur falcon initiatives,” DFO added.
After the arrival of the Amur falcon in Tamenglong in the second week of October, the state forest department implemented regular monitoring and awareness programs in addition to conducting joint patrols in the district.
The Deputy Commissioners (DC) of Tamenglong and Senapati Districts separately issued ordinances to monitor and control the hunting of wildlife in their respective districts during the stay of the Amur Falcon which are protected under the 1972 Act on wildlife protection and included in Annex IV.
The Amur falcon (Falco amurensis) is the world’s longest traveling small raptor of the falcon family. Amur falcons migrate to their wintering grounds in South Africa, usually arriving in large numbers in October in Nagaland and Manipur, as well as other places in northeast India, undertaking a annual trip of about 20,000 km. They leave the region in November after having had enough food for their non-stop flight to Africa where they spend their winters.
The Amur falcon radio tagging program started in Manipur in 2018 as part of an initiative to conserve wildlife and also to study the route of these long-distance migratory birds and environmental patterns along route, India being a signatory to an international agreement. on the conservation of migratory birds of prey.