SHILLONG, Nov 07: The annual migration of Amur falcons who flock to the Tyrso area in Ri – Bhoi district has brought with it development of the area which is located along the Assam – Meghalaya inter – state border.
“We are witnessing development coming into the area all thanks to the Amur Falcon birds, which in the last few years have regularly visited our area,” said the secretary of the Tyrso Valley Wildlife Protection Society (TVWPS) Alos Nongpoh on Tuesday.
TVWPS has been spearheading the hosting of the first of its kind “Amur Falcon Festival” for the past two years.
He said the villages in the area are now blessed with a 9 km road which was constructed by the state PWD department at a cost of Rs 5 crore.
“The state government has also sanctioned a facilitation centre at Rs 1.17 crore from the Border Area Development scheme besides Rs 34 lakhs for the construction of a guest house,” Alos said.
Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Alos also announced that the third edition of the Amur Falcon Festival will be held for two days from November 10 to November 11.
Apart from preserving wildlife and giving a much needed boost to tourism, the festival aimed at preserving the areas for the Amur Falcon and ensure their visit to the place is not disturbed.
“We are engaging volunteers to ensure that the birds are protected,” said Alos, who informed that this year, the number of the migratory birds visiting the place have increased compared to the previous years.
He also informed that the villagers near Madan Saitstar along the River Umiam, where the birds are staying, have also been requested not to cut bamboo as part of preserving the place as a temporary home for the Amur Falcon.
He said that these birds usually stay in the place for over 35 days before they migrate to other places.
Tyrso, which is about 70 kilometers away from here, and its surrounding areas is also looking forward to showcase the rich culture and tradition of the place to tourists coming to the festival.
Hundreds of tourists including birdwatchers from across the country have visited also the place to see the migratory birds, which visit the place for a month before migrating to other parts.
Meanwhile, Alos also informed that the entry is free for people to come to the festival. According to him, visitors will also be allowed to see the migratory birds from 4 pm to 7 pm.
The festival will also be inaugurated by the Parliamentary Secretary in-charge Tourism Kennedy Khyriem.