The main event took place on January 31 at Surajpur Wetland, where thousands actively participated in the Nature and Bird Festival, celebrating nature and avian diversity throughout the day amidst fog and rain.
Officials from the Forest Department revealed that the event is being organized with the support of the SheWings Foundation.
Surajpur Wetland, located in the heart of Greater Noida, attracted tourists and enthusiasts all day long. Environment and Forest Minister KP Malik, presiding over the event, expressed optimism about the international recognition Surajpur Wetland will receive under our government. He stated, “I am impressed to see such a large turnout. Our aim is to make Surajpur Wetland an internationally acclaimed tourism destination.”
The Nature and Bird Festival on January 31 saw participants from various artistic fields across the country. School children took part in art and nest-making competitions, while college students participated in a music competition. Renowned photographers from around the country showcased their photographs in the exhibition.
District Magistrate Manish Verma highlighted the district administration’s efforts to make Gautam Buddha Nagar a beautiful destination for people to spend their holidays and appreciate wildlife. Dadri Assembly Member Tejpal Nagar emphasized the importance of increasing public participation in organizing the Nature and Bird Festival to enhance wildlife in the GB Nagar region. MLA Sheesh Chand Sharma, during a press conference at Surajpur Wetland, shared the UP government’s goal of making Surajpur Wetland the best tourism destination in the NCR.
Officials urged everyone to enjoy the beauty of nature at Surajpur Wetland instead of spending time in malls and movie theaters. Sunil Chaudhary from the Forest Department stated, “We should promote nature rather than going to malls and movie theaters.” Janu added, “Family members should take their loved ones to wildlife sanctuaries and wetlands.” District Forest Officer JB Nagar P.K. Srivastava mentioned during the press conference that the Nature and Bird Festival held on January 31 was a global success, with the film industry and notable figures in wildlife participating.
Joint CP Bablu Kumar mentioned that the Bird Festival attracts international wildlife enthusiasts. Madan Mohit Bhardwaj, founder of SheWings, encouraged schools, universities, and parents to bring their children to experience various bird species and natural habitats.
Surajpur Wetland, located in the middle of Greater Noida, is a treasure trove of diverse flora and fauna. The Nature and Bird Festival aims to showcase and celebrate this rich biodiversity, promoting environmental awareness and conservation efforts.
Key Features of the Festival:
Guided Bird Watching Tours: Led by expert naturalists, participants have the opportunity to witness and learn about numerous bird species, from migratory birds to indigenous ones, making Surajpur Wetland their home.
Interactive Workshops: Renowned experts will conduct engaging workshops on bird identification, conservation, and nature photography. These practical sessions will provide valuable insights into the delicate balance of ecosystems and the importance of preserving natural habitats.
Nature Walks and Trails: Festival attendees can immerse themselves in the beauty of Surajpur Wetland through guided nature walks and trails. Trained naturalists will share their knowledge about the life of diverse plants, insects, and small mammals contributing to the ecological tapestry of the wetland.
Children’s Corner: A dedicated area for young nature enthusiasts, featuring interactive displays, educational games, and storytelling sessions. The aim is to instill a sense of wonder and appreciation for the environment in the next generation.
Photography Competition: Enthusiastic and professional photographers are invited to participate in a photography competition capturing the captivating scenes and wildlife of Surajpur Wetland. Winners will be showcased during the festival, with awards given for outstanding contributions.
Cultural Performances: The festival will also celebrate the cultural heritage of the region with traditional music and dance performances. Attendees can enjoy a harmonious blend of nature and culture in the serene landscape of Surajpur Wetland.
Conservation Initiative: The Nature and Bird Festival is committed to promoting environmental conservation. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about ongoing conservation projects and initiatives aimed at preserving the delicate balance of Surajpur Wetland’s unique ecosystem.
Date: January 31, 2024
Location: Surajpur Wetland, Greater Noida
Entry: Free for all ages
About Surajpur Wetland:
Surajpur Wetland, spanning 0.60 sq km, is a crucial ecological mechanism supporting various plant and animal life. Recognized internationally as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, Surajpur Wetland serves as a significant habitat for both resident and migratory bird species, making it a focal point for bird and nature enthusiasts.
Situated in the Yamuna River basin in Gautam Buddha Nagar, the natural landscape of Surajpur serves as a vital breeding ground for important waterfowl such as Spot-billed Duck, Lesser Whistling Duck, Cotton Pygmy Goose, and Comb Duck. With unwavering support from the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority and WWF-India, the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department has diligently advanced a conservation project for Surajpur since 2010. Together, efforts are underway to transform this urban wetland into a comprehensive bird sanctuary. A harmonious blend of thoughtful urban development with nature.
The program received appreciation from (DFO Meerut) Rajesh Kumar.