Important Bird Areas Celebration Day 2004

    Place : Village Mangalajodi (Chilika) District Khurda, Orissa 7th February 2004

    Wild Orissa, an active pro-wildlife organization and an active organizational partner in the Indian Bird Conservation Network, organized a function to celebrate the IBA (important bird areas) day on the 7th February 2004 at Mangalajodi on the shores of Chilika Lake. This function was attended by about 300 school children from 5 schools of the area, namely Mangalajodi ME School, Raula Sahi Prathamika Vidyalaya, Padma Kumuda Vidyaniketan, Karatia Sahi Prathamika Vidyalaya and Mangalajodi Girls High School, schoolteachers, apart from the village headman, village elders, staff of the Tangi Wildlife Range including the Forester, members of Sri Mahavir Pakshi Surakshya Samiti of Mangalajodi (bird protection committee), wildlife lovers of the area and members of Wild Orissa. Volunteers and members of the Sri Mahavir Pakshi Surakshya Samiti of Mangalajodi assisted Wild Orissa in conduct of the event.

    School children were welcomed and given talks on need to conserve and preserve birds and their habitats. Special emphasis was laid on Chilika Lake, which is a vital IBA site of Orissa. After that the children were taken around for a ‘bird walk’, which lasted about 2 hrs. During this walk children were provided with practical tips on waterfowl/waterbird identification. After the walk the children were provided with refreshments and stickers on bird conservation were distributed

    Celebrations of Important Bird Areas day in the village of Mangalajodi on Chilika Lake, organized by Wild Orissa, in 2004.