As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 9 January 2015

India’s first Bird Festival organised by MTDC begins today in Pune

By TBM Staff | Mumbai

Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is organising the Bird Festival in Pune, starting today till January 11. This is the first such festival for India, and is being held at Raja Ravi Verma Art Gallery, Ghole road and Indradhanushya Paryavaran Kendra, Rajendranagar, as per a release. 

Maharashtra has habitats that support different bird species, therefore MTDC has initiated this Festival that will help tourists understand the state’s bird diversity and also promote Ecotourism. The state houses 1,300 species of birds, which is approximately 13 per cent of the total number in the world.

The three-day Bird Festival is supported by various NGOs like GIB Foundation, Bombay Natural History, Important Bird Conservation Network, and Forest Department. The major attraction at the Festival are bird-watching sessions, which will be held at Bhamburda Hill tomorrow and Kawadi on the last day. The Festival will also include workshops on artificial nest building and bird photography. There will also be a photo exhibition, wherein visitors can interact with expert bird photographers.

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