Chandigarh, Sukhna lake is happy to see a variety of Migratory Birds such as Tufted Pochard, Common Pochard, Barhead Goose, Grey Heron, Greylag Gesse, Purple Moorhen and Gadwal. It is estimated that around 2000 birds travelled from 2000 km to enjoy the milder coastal climate in winters. Most of them come from Siberia and Africa, to northern wintering grounds.
Department of Forest and Wildlife Chandigarh Administration,Chief Conservator,Mr Santosh Kumar,said “We have seen a sudden drop in the number of migratory birds due to climatic reason and it plays a vital role in their migration. The urge to migrate at the appropriate seasons is evoked by both external and internal stimuli”.
Sukhna wetland is an excellent habitat for the avain and aquatic birds.Department of Forest gives the on-lookers a chance to have a nigh look to these migratory species. They have provided Spotting Scopes, Binoculars, Field Guides for Bird Identification and Self Explanatory Illustrative Boards about birds, their habitat, Migration etc. The migration Site is
open from 8:00 am in the morning till 11:00 am and another slot opens from 2:00 in the evening till 5:00 pm. It is rightly said that birds could exist without man but the man would perish without birds.
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