Srinagar, October 04 : A photo exhibition was held at Tourist Reception Centre by the Department of Tourism as part of ensuing Bird Festival began with over 300 school students attending it. The exhibition presented rare as well as common bird species from Jammu & Kashmir.
On the occasion, students from various schools evinced keen interest in the exhibition.
Some of the birds that were represented in the exhibition include the Tawny Owl, Ibisbill, Kashmir Flycatcher, Barn Owl, and Kalij Pheasant. The students were curious and eager to learn about the birds, along with their Kashmiri names. A quiz competition was also organised, wherein around 50 students took part.
Jammu and Kashmir has more than 500 species of birds, with some rare and uncommon species like Orange Bullfinch, Little Bittern, Kashmir Flycatcher, and Kashmir Nutcracker calling it home.
The J&K Bird Festival, 2022 is the first of its kind to link local biodiversity with citizens by organising activities like run for birds, nature photography, capacity building, painting, photo galleries and workshops.
A Mumbai based Nature conservation group, Sanctuary Nature Foundation is collaborating with the Department of Tourism, in organising the Bird Festival from October 6 to October 8, 2022, at Pahalgam and Srinagar.
We will have a series of bird walks at Pahalgam, Pampore, Shankaracharya and various other bird-rich places around Srinagar, an official of the Tourism Department said on the occasion.