An annual event, the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department this year has christened it as Nature & Bird Festival bringing forth the unique biodiversity of the state. We look forward to welcoming you to join nature lovers as we gather to make a difference to conserving nature
The venue for this year festival is on the banks of Vijaysagar lake (popularly known as Vijaysagar Bird Sanctuary), a 11th century lake built by King Vijay Pal Chandela in Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh, India. Mahoba, along with Lalitpur, Hamirpur, Chitrakoot, Banda, Jhansi and Jalaun form the seven wonders of Bundelkhand region in Uttar Pradesh. Rich in heritage, the region is also home to picturesque water bodies, magnificent flora and fauna.
The 3-day festival from 1st -3rd February, 2023 will celebrate the many vibrant facets of rich heritage & birding in Uttar Pradesh, whilst raising awareness and mobilizing support for wetland and bird/wildlife conservation
A-one-of-its-kind initiative in India, the Uttar Pradesh Nature & Bird Festival, provides an excellent platform for sensitizing the local, national and international community whilst reaching out to them as stakeholders in conservation and protection. The festival brings together eminent ornithologists, researchers and bird enthusiasts from across the world to discuss issues related to bird/wildlife conservation, environment protection, and habitat management
UP Nature & Bird Festival is a unique forum for bird watching enthusiasts. The festival this year promises to be even more interesting, with an exciting line-up of talks, presentations, interactive workshops, field visits, heritage tours in Bundelkhand, a region that never cedes to surprise with its abundance of rich heritage and biodiversity.
Uttar Pradesh, the largest state in India is bestowed with unique natural resources to cater for both resident and migratory birds besides a wide variety of animals and plants. It is one of the finest states in India in terms of variety of its bird life. The rivers like Ganges, Yamuna, Rapti and Gandak which originate in the Himalayas traverse longest distance of their journey in the state. The meandering river system, the ox bow lakes formed and other wetlands provide a magnificent natural habitat for birds. It is an ode to the tolerance and conservation consciousness of the people of the state that such diverse plant and animal populations continue to coexist with humans. Migrating birds flying over 5000 kilometres, above 8500 metres high from regions like Europe, Tibet, Siberia and China make wetlands of Uttar Pradesh their home during months starting from October to February. During this period, the wetlands are completely covered with the large numbers of migratory birds. It is estimated that out of 1300 species of birds found in India, Uttar Pradesh caters to over 500 species. 13 species categorised as globally threatened and near threatened, like Slender Billed Vulture, Bengal Florican, Black Bellied Tern, Sarus Crane, Indian Skimmer, Black Necked Stork etc., find hospitable habitat conditions in Uttar Pradesh.
We are busy planning a long list of events and lectures for you to enjoy at the Uttar Pradesh Nature & Bird Festival 2023. There will be talks by prominent ornithologists. Workshops by professional photographers, art shows by renowned artists and a bird ringing station are planned as some of the key attractions in the festival. Field trips accompanied by trained naturalists conversant in the local biodiversity are another highlight of the festival. Heritage tours, boat safari in the unique wetland areas of the region, nature walks... There is something for everyone to get excited
The results of Photo competition during Uttar Pradesh Nature and Bird Festival 2023, to be held in Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh has been announced. Congratulations to all winners and best wishes to other participants for future competition.