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‘Bird species are becoming extinct due to urbanisation’

INDIAN EXPRESS

Chandigarh: In order to popularise the concept of bird watching, the department of Forests, UT Administration, organised a bird watching trip for students to the wildlife sanctuary near Sukhna Lake on Friday.

Over 40 students from Ajit Karam Singh International Public School (AKSIPS) and Gurukul School visited the site.

The range officer of the department, Karan Singh, introduced the children to the variety of birds present at the sanctuary.

Addressing the students, he said, “Birds are natural indicators of the health of ecosystems. They are a natural way to control pests in gardens, farms and other places. In view of their eating habit, they also become agents of seed dispersal.”

Rare birds such as Common Coot, Wide-throated Fantail Flycatcher, Black Kite, Coppersmith Barbet, Barheaded Geese, Rufous Treepie, Wabler, Cormorant, Brown-headed Barbet, Pied Kingfisher, Red Jungle Fowl, Grey Heron and Babbler were sighted by the students.

Sharing his views, Parmod Sharma, organiser of the trip said, “In modern cities like Chandigarh, the urban architecture doesn’t allow space for birds to make nests. Due to growing urbanisation, many species are becoming extinct.” He also advised the students to place artificial nests outside their homes to invite more birds into the city.

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