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Amur Falcons population thriving again in Doyang and Pangti

IUCN Red ListMany NGOs like Natural Nagas and Wildlife Trust of India and friends of Amur Falcon, Green foundation, all other NGOs, students of Pangti village, village councils are helping in this conservation movement of Amur Falcon in Nagaland reported Nagalandpost.

Amur falcon has many migration sites and roosting areas around Doyang and Pangti areas.

The Amur Falcon breeds in south-eastern Siberia and Northern China, wintering in Southern Africa. It is listed in the IUCN list of threatened species.

Doyang is one of the biggest roosting sites in Nagaland. Nagaland is one of India’s largest roosting ground for Amur falcons falls in the birds’ migration route from Siberia to Africa. About 12000 to 14000 falcons were killed during the peak migration. The Forest department conducted a signature campaign, and a marathon to save Amur Falcon in Pangti.

The Forest Department assisted by Natural Nagas, an NGO and WTI conducted various activities in Nagaland to spread awareness about the need to conserve the species that resulted in signing of an MoU to ban the killing of falcons.

India, as a signatory to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and is therefore duty bound to provide safe passage and ensure conservation of migratory species.

About CMS- The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (also known as CMS or Bonn Convention) aims to conserve terrestrial, aquatic and avian migratory species throughout their range. It is an intergovernmental treaty, concluded under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme, concerned with the conservation of wildlife and habitats on a global scale. Since the Convention’s entry into force, its membership has grown steadily to include 119 (as of 1 April 2013). 1

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Image credit: IUCN Website

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