KBTCBC receives Blyth’s Tragopan, quail bird
KOHIMA, JANUARY 30
THE Kohima Blyth’s Tragopan Conservation & Breeding Centre (KBTCBC) has received two Blyth’s Tragopan (male and female) and another quail bird of Pheasant family from a well wishers from Viswema village who prefer to remain anonymous.“The deed of our well wisher is very much appreciated and would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to him and his family,” according to Keneikrul, deputy ranger, in-charge officer, KBTCBC.
A donor was quoted as saying “Let this be an example to our brothers and sisters to stop hunting down our wild birds and animals and start loving them as we need them to live to have a wholesome environment.”
Taking a cue from this good deep, Keneikrul encouraged other friends from Nagaland to be more environment friendly and come up with their own innovative ideas to conserve “our dwindling flora and fauna.”
In the face of dwindling forest cover and rampant hunting this step will hopefully go a long way whose activities have been hampered due to the unavailability of breeding birds.
Although the rare Blyth’s Tragopan has been accorded status as the state bird of Nagaland, there are those who continue to hunt this bird, whose population number currently within the state is unknown.
Not even a guesstimate exists as to the population of the bird in Nagaland. In these circumstances this gesture from Viswema will come as a shot in the arm for the Forest Department and indeed for the state and its people, as it indicates that there are populations of the bird still in existent in pockets of our forests and they need to afforded protection by the respective communities.