Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar recently visited the Doyang Lake in Nagaland and was astonished to see the mind-blowing scenario. Millions of world’s longest travelling birds Amur Falcons were flying there in bunches which was a delight to watch.
People in Nagaland used to kill these long distance travelling birds but two years back they vowed to protect these birds instead of killing and due to their commendable efforts, Doyang lake has again flourished and bloomed like it used to a decade back.
Soon after witnessing the breathtaking display of birds, Javadekar decided to convert the Doyang Lake into eco-tourism spot where visitors from India as well as from foreign countries will come to enjoy the beautiful landscape.
Every year Amur Falcons start their journey from the Mongolia and they reach India via South Africa every year. Researchers tagged three falcon birds with satellite device back in 2013. They tracked the path of the birds and change in migratory behaviour. The birds didn’t return to India last year, however they reached Doyang Lake this year.
Two tracked birds were named after the village they belong — Naga and Pangti. They covered a distance of more than 5,600 kilometres to reach their homeland.
Environment Minister Javadekar got the news of return of two tagged falcon birds and soon after he visited the site and declared that central government will fund and help the state government in converting the place into eco-tourism spot. He further added that the landscape has a lot of potential to generate income and, more importantly, it will show the rich biodiversity of India.
The transition will take at least couple of years and after that the spot will become a paradise for bird watchers where bird enthusiasts can watch a million birds within 30 seconds.
Moreover, after the return of Naga and Pangti, Javadekar declared that four to five birds will be tracked every year from now on.