About USBF 6

About USBF 6

6th Uttarakhand Spring Bird Festival: Uniting Birds, Birdwatchers & Communities 7th to 9th February 2020, Pawalgarh Conservation Reserve, Nainital District, Uttarakhand

Background:

Bird species diversity of Uttarakhand State is unparalleled with a reported bird list of 710 species (An Updated Checklist and Bibliography of Birds of Uttarakhand, Dhananjai Mohan & Sanjay Sondhi, 2017) representing more than half of all bird species found in India. Bird Tourism holds immense promise for both conservation of this unique heritage and benefits for livelihood generation in remote areas of the State. Uttarakhand Birdwatching Programme was launched on 5th February 2012 from Asan Conservation Reserve to promote bird tourism. Under this programme, more than 50 bird watching camps have been conducted during the last 9 years at various rural tourism destinations. More than 1,000 forest staff, nature guides and students have already benefitted from these camps. The camps have been supplemented with large scale events organised by the Uttarakhand Forest Department– 1st Uttarakhand Spring Bird Festival at Asan Conservation Reserve from 5th to 9th February 2014; 2nd Uttarakhand Spring Bird Festival 4th to 8th February 2015.; Doon Valley Spring Bird Festival held in Asan, Forest Research Institute, Rajpur and Thano from 11th to 14th February 2016, the 4th Uttarakhand Spring Bird Festival, Nandhaur Wildlife Sanctuary from 3rd to 5th March 2017, the 5th Uttarakhand Spring Bird Festival at Thano and Jhilmil Jheel as well as the Rajpur Nature Festivals, which started in 2015 and are held in November at Rajpur, Dehradun, annually.

Purpose:

The purpose of USBFs is to improve the profile of Uttarakhand as a crucial state in India for bird conservation and as a birdwatching destination as well as to popularize lesser-known destinations. The bird festival will help to scale up bird awareness, birdwatching activity and benefits through bird tourism and ecotourism. This Festival will seek to build on the partnerships and investments of the Uttarakhand Birdwatching Programme. The USBF will be organized in such a way that it is more inclusive and visible and draws strength from the location of State’s Capital.

The specific objectives will be:

  1. To provide an opportunity for birdwatching at Pawalgarh, Kyari and Sitabani in the Pawalgarh Conservation Reserve and at Kaladhungi to birdwatchers and the general public. Heritage walks will be conducted at Chhoti Haldwani, Kaladhungi.
  2. To increase awareness about birds and bird tourism, its ongoing and potential benefits for bird conservation and community-based livelihoods through ecotourism.
  3. To create an opportunity for networking of bird tour operators and rural tourism practitioners, local community members including home stay owners and guides, tourism industry and planners for sharing knowledge and collaboration.
  4. To showcase lesser-known, off beat destinations and rural tourism initiatives in Uttarakhand.
  5. Dates:

    The USBF6 will be a three-day event that will start on the morning of Friday 7th February 2020 and end on the evening of Sunday 9th March 2020.

    Venues:

    The main festival venue will be at Chunakhan while the supporting sites will be Pawalgarh, Kyari, Sitabani and Kaladhungi.

    Activities:

    The USBF6 will include diverse activities, which are listed by venue:

    Chunakhan: Exhibitions and stalls, the inaugural and closing ceremonies and the workshops and talks will be held at Chunakhan. Pawalgarh, Kyari, Sitabani: Birdwatching trails. Homestay and resort accommodation for visitors at Pawalgarh and Kyari.

    Kaladhungi: Birdwatching trails. Heritage walks. Homestay accommodation for visitors.

    Accommodation:

    Boarding and lodging will have to be paid for by visitors. Visitors can chose from a variety of accommodation options listed on the website.

    Partners:

    The event will be organized by the Uttarakhand Forest Department Wing) lead by CF Terai West, DFO Terai West/DFO Ramnagar, supported by CCF Ecotourism. Other partner institutions includes Titli Trust, Pawalgarh Prakrati Prahari, Corbett Gram Vikas Samiti, Camp Hornbill, WWF, Waste Warriors amongst others.

    For more information, contact

    Chief Conservator of Forests (Ecotourism, Publicity & Extension), Uttarakhand Forest Department, Dehradun 248001. Tel +91 135 2749227, ccfecotourismua@gmail.com;
    DFO, Terai West, +91 8050888515, dfotaraiwest@gmail.com
    Titli Trust, sanjay.sondhi1@gmail.com
    +91 9412052189 or +91 9412992728

    USBF6 is a PLASTIC FREE EVENT! While drinking water will be available on the festival grounds, there will be no sale of bottled water onsite. Please bring your own water bottles, if you would like to carry drinking water on the birdwatching trails or at the festival grounds.