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Travelling in Trouble: Program about migratory birds held at Faculty of Forestry, SKUAST-K

Ziraat Times News Network

Srinagar, July 28: Division of Wildlife Sciences, Faculty of Forestry, SKUAST – Kashmir in collaboration with Students Welfare Office (FoF) organised expert talk on the topic “Travellers in trouble: Threat to migratory birds”. The lecture was delivered by world renowned ornithologist & conservationist Dr. Asad Rahmani (Former Chairman Department of Wildlife Sciences, Aligarh Muslim University & Former Director, Bombay Natural History Society). Dr. Khursheed Ahmad (Head, Division of Wildlife Sciences) welcomed the eminent speaker, Dean, FoF, faculty members Research Scholars and students of the faculty to the event. Dr. Khursheed highlighted the role of the speaker in advancement of scientific research in ornithology and conservation of wildlife in general in the country.

In his inaugural address, Prof. S. A. Gangoo, Dean Faculty of Forestry emphasised the importance of birds and their role towards environment and ecosystem sustainability. He also highlighted the importance and great scope of Wildlife Sciences for the students of Forestry.

Dr. Asad Rahmani, deliberated on the bird migration and threats to birds. He highlighted its dynamics, navigation patterns and factors that govern the animal migration across the continents. He stressed on collaborative research and role of multidisciplinary approach and significance of modern technology (Ringing and Satellite tracking) in bird migration studies. Research mandate and mission of BNHS on bird studies across different “Important Bird Areas” of India was also highlighted during the programme. A follow up interactive session with faculty members and students the involving a Q & A session was also held. Dr. Naseem Geelani (SWO) thanked the lead expert for accepting the faculty invitation and gracing this wonderful programme. He also thanked the faculty members and students who participated in the programme.

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