The birds were later seen flying over Doyang Reservoir - their stopover for the next six weeks before they resume their journey towards Southern Africa, NWBCT said.

All villages in the range are fully geared to ensure safe passage of the falcons as they did last year, NWBCT said, adding the state government has assisted the local community to erect watchtowers and rest sheds for visitors coming in to see the spectacle of migrating Amur Falcons.

NWBCT said the community has created a low impact ecotourism model through basic home stays to take care of the guests.

In 2012, mass trapping and capture of migrating Amur falcons in Nagaland was reported in the media and a campaign was launched to prevent their killing.

The state managed to script a success story in conserving the migratory birds with the cooperation of locals, Forest department and NGOs. The villagers at Doyang have also refrained from killing the birds.

 

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