Come February, Uttar Pradesh will be ready to play host to birdwatchers and birding enthusiasts. Reason? The state is organising the seventh edition of its UP Bird and Nature Festival. The event, which begins on February 1, is aimed at calling nature lovers to explore the state’s forests, wildlife and more. Here are all the details.
The bird festival will take place at the Vijay Sagar Bird Sanctuary in Bundelkhand, and will be a three-day event that ends on February 3, 2023. The event, which is organised annually, has been successful in bringing together birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts together in one place, who then get to explore the region’s bountiful flora and fauna, and witness creatures such as tiger, rhinoceros, elephant, sloth bear, barasingha, leopard, jackal, crocodiles, and several others. This year will be no different, as visitors will be able to see all these animals along with some beautiful and exotic birds who rest here.
All you need to know about the UP Bird and Nature Festival
The festival is being organised jointly by the Forest and Eco Tourism Department of Uttar Pradesh. The Vijay Sagar Bird Sanctuary, which is the venue for the event, is known for housing both local as well as migratory birds, many of which will be present in February (especially the winter migratory birds). What’s also attractive about the Sanctuary is the Vijay Sagar Lake, which again will also showcase the forest’s natural beauty.
In its previous editions, the festival attracted avid birdwatchers as well as bird experts from India and abroad, and the same is expected this time around too. Not only that, the time and the weather will play perfect hosts, as nature conservators and wildlife and photography enthusiasts bring out their cameras and witness these magnificent creatures.
According to reports, the theme of the festival this year will be around ‘Ecotourism for nature conservation’, and will include discussions, panel sessions, photo exhibits, book launches, and field excursions for all visitors.
Registrations for the event open soon, and you can get all the details here.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Answer: The Sarus Crane is among the most popular birds in the state.
Answer: UP is home to about 1,500 different species of birds, including rare and migratory ones.