Goa is gearing up to host its Second Bird Festival in January 2018 at the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, South Goa, from the 12th to the 14th January. The Festival will witness a culmination of Forest Officers, scientists, conservationists, artists, birders, bird photographers and nature enthusiasts from around the world.
With its varied and unique habitats, from the beaches and river banks to the mountainous slopes of the Western Ghats, Goa is very much a bird watcher’s paradise
Since Goa is so diverse, the Forest Department decided to organize these Bird Festivals in different geographical locations of Goa, not only to highlight bird diversity but also to facilitate participation and discussions amongst avian professionals from around the globe. Last year Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary hosted the First Bird Festival in November.
This year, organizers have broken the mold by combining an array of varied events to celebrate birds in all their dimensions – science, conservation, art, music, film, photography, travel and outdoor adventure. At the three-day festival delegates and public alike will be engaged, educated and entertained through presentations, exhibitions, an all-encompassing trade show, tours and workshops on birds – the universal gateway to nature.
Since 2016, the Goa Bird Festival has provided the platform where ornithologists working, researching and studying all over the globe meet to share up-to-date research and conservation accomplishments and concerns.
Registration for the even may be done online on – http://www.forest.goa.gov.in/web/registration/index2.php
Registration Fees are Rs.3500 and Rs.4500 per person. The fees include food, field trips on land/sea, workshops, etc. Transport to the venue may be provided from Canacona. Accommodation at the venue is limited and the Forest Department will provide details of hotels in and around the Sanctuary.
Source: Anand Jadhav, Asst. Conservator of Forests, Goa Forest Department