Wildlife Wing of the Forest department has taken the initiative to study wild birds by attaching a small, individually numbered, metal or plastic tags to their legs or wings.
A spokesman of the forest department said that it will also help attract bird watchers and ringers to Himachal from many western countries besides providing an excellent communication and knowledge transfer platform between the state and international species and conservation experts.    

"A capacity building programme was organized for the frontline staff in Bird Ringing, and Dr Francis Buner, a Senior Conservation Scientist of Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, UK and TH Walker, British Trust of Ornithology gave intensive training to wildlife staff in bird identification skills and ringing for two weeks recently," he said.
During the programme, 57 bird species were identified and more than 260 individual birds of various species were ringed with metallic rings having unique number and Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) stamp.
He said that the first bird ringing station in the Western Himalayas would work as a blueprint for further stations required to study bird migration between the Indian Subcontinent and Central Asia.
It would provide wildlife staff with the necessary basic bird identification skills needed to carry out surveys, enthuse wildlife staff and other interested groups to improve and professionalize their species identification skills.


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