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5th Uttarakhand Spring Festival to be held in Dehradun, Haridwar

The fifth Uttarakhand Spring Festival will take place from March 9-11 at two locations in the state – Thano reserved forest in the Dehradun district and Jhilmil Jheel conservation reserve in the Haridwar district. With a goal to bring together the birdwatcher community, the Uttarakhand Spring Festival hopes to inculcate the admiration of nature in the younger generation with the help bird watching opportunities at these locations.

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Located on the eastern outskirts of Dehradun valley, Thano reserve forest is one the paradise for birdwatchers in the state as it is home to around 175 species of birds such as Oriental Pied Hornbill, White-browed Scimitar Babbler, Red-billed Leiothrix among other species. Similarly, Jhilmil Jheel conservation reserve is located on the banks of Ganga river at a distance of 20 km from the Haridwar city. It is the only place in the state where one can find the glimpse of Barasingha (swamp deer) apart from the 225 bird species known to cohabitat the region.

Uttarakhand is home to more than 710 bird species and is known as a birdwatcher’s treasure trove. Popularity of bird festivals in the state is a telltale sign of increasing awareness among nature enthusiasts. The aim of the festival is to improve the profile of Uttarakhand as an vital state for bird conservation as well as a popular bird-watching destinations.

The three-day event will include various activities such as bird-watching camps to train birdwatchers and guides, guided bird watching tours, Thano heritage walk, photography workshop, talk and film shows and livelihood opportunities for local communities. Around 15,00 people are expected to attend the festival.

Inputs from Daily Pioneer