Siberian visitors freeze Assam-Meghalaya border dispute


What is Important?
UPSC perspective:
Prelims:Amur Falcon festival
Mains:.Changtongya Community Conservation Reserve & related information

Why in News?
 Amur Falcon festival is scheduled on November 7-8, a fortnight before the birds are expected to soar for the next destination on their migration.

Amur Falcon festival:

*Amur Falcon breeds in south-eastern Siberia, Mongolia and Northern China before migrating in large flocks across India and over the Arabian Sea to winter in Southern Africa.Its IUCN Conservation status is “Least Concerned”
*Doyang Lake near Pangti village in Nagaland’s Wokha district is their stopover since 2010.
*The Tyrso Valley Wildlife Protection Society is an NGO formed by the villagers of the eponymous Meghalaya village adjoining Umru.
*The group has been organising the Amur Falcon Festival since 2015 to celebrate the “birds that have this back-of-beyond area famous”.
*The festival is scheduled on fortnight before the birds are expected to soar for the next destination on their migration.
*The Umru-Tyrso area, about 75 km northeast of Shillong, however, is a relatively recent pit stop for the Amur falcons.
*The birds used to flock to Umwang, also in the Block II disputed area, from 1998-2009 before human interference made them shift base.

Changtongya Community Conservation Reserve

*People here have become sensitive about the birds because of our awareness campaigns. They are also opening up to the idea of homestays for birdwatchers and nature lovers who come here for the Amur falcons
*The migratory birds earlier used to roost in very large numbers in the Changtongya Community Conservation Reserve but moved on to Pangti and Yaongyimchen, a lesser roosting site.
*Efforts are on to revive the Changtongya area, about 100 km north of Pangti, for the migratory raptors.


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