SUBJECT : Bird watching course sights 140 species in South Sikkim

Gangtok, May 8th: An impressive number of 140 species of birds including the rare Eurasian wryneck of the woodpecker family were sighted during a 10 day bird watching workshop conducted by the Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure and Ecotourism (IHCAE) institute.

The institute, based in Chemchey in south Sikkim has conducted bird watching trips in six different areas of the district. The workshop, participated by ten youths, concluded on Saturday.

Course trainer Pempa Sherpa said the workshop was successful and also created a good record on bird watching in Sikkim. The other trainer was Chunda Sherpa. Both are professional bird guides from Yuksom, west district.

Training on bird watching was given at Chemchey Reyong, Tendong, Tinkitam, Kitam, mainam and Damthang areas.

“We sighted 140 species of birds during the field visits. “There are around 550 species of birds in Sikkim and it is an achievement to sight 140 of them within a short period,” said Sherpa.

Sherpa said Eurasian wryneck, a migratory bird that travel between three continents of Europe, Asia and Africa, has been photographed for the first time in Sikkim.

Sherpa said south district has immense potential to attract birders.

Sikkim tourism Development Corporation chairman R. N Rai was the chief guest for the valedictory function at IHCAE institute.

 In his address, Rai said the training will help many to become bird guides in Sikkim.

There are only four bird guides in Sikkim and now we must increase the numbers, he said.

IHCAE chief instructor Kunzang Gyatso Bhutia said such training should be continued and youths should be given advance level courses also. He said similar workshop on butterflies of Sikkim would be conducted in coming days.

Source: Sikkim Express