TNN | Feb 24, 2014, 01.36 AM IST
NAGPUR: Birders at the annual Nagpur Bird Race expressed a need to reinvent the concept to sustain interest and enthusiasm of bird watchers, and give them a new experience.
The birders were deliberating after the eighth edition of the Nagpur Bird Race, jointly organized by Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) and Yuhina Eco-Media, along with Society for Wildlife Conservation, Education and Research (Wild-CER).
Senior bird watcher Dr Tarique Sani said, "In Nagpur, the time when we needed to get people interested in birding has passed. There are plenty of birders now, and we need to improve the quality of the birder community. Apart from the competition aspect, conservation and educational aspects can be added to bird races."
This year, however, the number of participants was very low compared to earlier times. "TheMaharashtra Pakshimitra Sammelan forced us to delay this event, and the birding season is almost over. Now, children are also busy with exams," said Dr Bahar Baviskar of WILD-CER.