Effort made by Suryya Kumar Chetia, Assistant Professor, Assam Women’s University and journalist Dipjyoti Saikia, resulted in the Assam Centre for Ornithological Research at Rongdoi Dolouguri near Nimatighat in Jorhat. Padmashree Jadav Payeng, also known as Forest Man of India, inaugurated the centre located near the Brahmaputra bank, a hotspot of local and migratory avian species in the wetlands.
The centre will focus on carrying out systematic studies on birds and to undertake steps for conservation. The centre also proposes to bring out an annual online magazine.
Payeng, on the occasion, praised the initiative mentioning that there has been a heavy footfall of birds for many years and that biologists, local and foreign tourists were drawn to the area due to the presence of large number of avian species. He appealed for the inclusion of birds’ conservation in the school curriculum so that knowledge on birds and their importance is infused right from a young age.
Retired DFO Gunin Saikia, a passionate bird lover, shared that the balance among the elements of nature is necessary for a healthy ecosystem, but the expansion of human activities has destroyed the habitat of many wild animals and have pushed them to the verge of extinction.