A group of ornithologists in Mizoram has adopted Sailam village in Aizawl district as the village is a hotspot for different species of birds. The group has constructed a birding spot for motivated bird watchers in the village.
Sailam village, about 76 kilometers from Aizawl, is remotely settled. The range of bird species there is amazing but they hardly come out due to fear of traps and hunters.
With the initiative, Sailam villagers formed a society called Sailam Ecological Conservation Society which has been working for the education of the children and villagers on the importance of the conservation of their flora and fauna.
With the hope of conserving the ecology and wildlife of Mizoram this group of ornithologist prayed that the Sailam Birding Hotspot project would motivate other villages in Mizoram to protect their environment and wildlife and show them that they could reap benefits from conservation by becoming custodians of nature.
The Sailam Birding Hotspot project is operational now and the group will shortly start taking bookings for the first bird watching season from Sep 2018 to April 2019.
The birders said the forest around Sailam village housed hundreds of exotic species of birds such as Velvet Fronted Nuthatch; White bellied Erpornis, Small Niltava, Black Eared Shrike Babbler, Frogmouth, Firetailed Sunbird, Black Redstart, Tiaga Flycatcher, Verditer flycatcher among others.