The Uttar Pradesh International Bird Festival highlights the unique biodiversity of Uttar Pradesh. Being held on the grounds of Chambal Safari Lodge, a mere 45 minutes drive from Taj Mahal, this 3-day festival from 2-4 December, 2016 celebrates the many vibrant facets of birding in Uttar Pradesh, India, whilst raising awareness and mobilizing support for bird/wildlife conservation.
A-one-of-its-kind initiative in India, the Uttar Pradesh International Bird Festival, provides an excellent platform for sensitizing the local, national and international community whilst reaching out to them as stakeholders in conservation and protection.
The festival brings together eminent ornithologists, researchers and bird enthusiasts from across the world to discuss issues related to bird/wildlife conservation, environment protection, and habitat management. The festival in 2015, had international (USA, UK, Australia, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Sri Lanka, Nepal) and national level ornithologists, photographers, birding enthusiasts, and wildlife artists. It attracted visitors from local schools, colleges, institutions, nature and wildlife conservation agencies.
UP International Bird Festival is a unique forum for bird watching enthusiasts. The festival this year promises to be even more interesting, with an exciting line-up of talks, presentations, interactive workshops, field visits, and the opportunity to rub shoulders with the who’s-who of the international birding community. If you are a bird and wildlife enthusiast, look no further.
Uttar Pradesh, the largest state in India is bestowed with unique natural resources to cater for both resident and migratory birds besides a wide variety of animals and plants. It is one of the finest states in India in terms of variety of its bird life. The rivers like Ganges, Yamuna, Rapti and Gandak which originate in the Himalayas traverse longest distance of their journey in the state. The meandering river system, the ox bow lakes formed and other wetlands provide a magnificent natural habitat for birds. Apart from this the sub-montane regions between Himalayas and plains, the alluvial Gangetic plains and the southern hills and plateaus provide the best ecotones to sustain the birdlife. It is an ode to the tolerance and conservation consciousness of the people of the state that such diverse plant and animal populations continue to coexist with humans. Migrating birds flying over 5000 kilometres, above 8500 metres high from regions like Europe, Tibet, Siberia and China make wetlands of Uttar Pradesh their home during months starting from October to February. During this period, the wetlands are completely covered with the large numbers of migratory birds in search of food. It is estimated that out of 1300 species of birds found in India, Uttar Pradesh caters to over 500 species. 13 species, categorised as globally threatened and near threatened, like Slender Billed Vulture, Bengal Florican, Black Bellied Tern, Sarus Crane, Indian Skimmer, Black Necked Stork etc., find hospitable habitat conditions in Uttar Pradesh.
We are busy planning a long list of events and lectures for you to enjoy at Uttar Pradesh International Bird Festival 2016. There will be talks by prominent ornithologists from around the globe. Workshops by professional photographers, art shows by renowned artists and a bird ringing station. Field trips accompanied by trained naturalists conversant in the local biodiversity, are another highlight of the festival - river safari in the National Chambal Sanctuary, jeep safari for Black-buck, visit to the Sarus Crane wetland areas, nature walks..... There is something for everyone to get excited about.
SESSION I: 8:30am - 10:00am
THEME: BIRDING DIARIES - I
SESSION II: 10:20am - 01:10pm
THEME: OFF THE BEATEN TRACK –BIRDING ADVENTURES FROM OTHER LANDS
SESSION III: 8:30am-10:00am
THEME: FAMILY TALES
SESSION IV: 10:20am - 01:10pm
THEME: BIRDING STORIES FROM ACROSS INDIA
SESSION V: 8:30am - 10:00am
THEME: LOSS AND DISCOVERY IN THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT
SESSION VI: 10:20am - 01:10pm
THEME: BIRDING DIARIES - II
National Chambal Sanctuary
Black Buck Safari
The state has three "Bird Circuits" to encourage national as well as international bird tourism. A network of Forest Rest Houses, private hotels and motels, secure transport and a well spread road network along with professional tour operators offer convenient access to the protected areas.