Two years after the people in the Pangti village vowed to save the world’s longest travelling birds Amur Falcons instead of killing them, Union Environment minister Prakash Javedkar decided to pay a visit and was astonished to see millions of birds in the Doyang Lake in Nagaland. He also vowed to supply funds for developing the lake as an eco-tourism spot. Starting their journey from the Magnolia to South Africa via India, millions of Amur Falcons come to Doyang lake every year to rest making the place a delight to watch.
Three Amur Falcons were tagged with satellite device back in 2013 by the researchers to observe the migratory behaviour of the birds. Of three two birds named Naga and Pangti have returned home twice since then. Both the birds started their journey from Mongolia and flew non-stop for five days, meanwhile they covered a distance of 5,600 km to reach Doyang lake in Nagaland.
Soon after getting the news of two tagged Amur Falcons returning to Nagaland, Union environment minister Prakash Javedkar visited the site and announced that centre government will fund and help the state government in making the lake as an eco-tourism spot which will be a paradise for bird-watchers. He was proud say that Pangti village today has gained worldwide recognition as the home of the world’s longest travelling birds where one can see more than millions of birds within 30 seconds.
Both the birds Naga and Pangti were named after the village they belong. Javedkar announced that similarly this year four to five birds will be tracked and they will be also named after the village they relate.
Javedkar further praised the contribution of the local people in conserving the extremely endangered species and said that without their active support conservation of these rare birds would not have been possible. The awareness programme and motivation given to the local people has turned them from killers to people to are working for its conservation which is commendable, said Javedkar.
If reports to be believed then due to the campaign by wildlife activists, local people are so much motivated to protect the Amur Falcons that not asingle hunting has been witnessed or reported in the past one year.