Goa to celebrate the 2nd Edition of Bird Festival in 2018
Goa known as a birdwatcher paradise is to celebrate the 2nd Edition of Bird Festival in January 2018, from 12th January to 14th January. Snuggled between the green haven of Western Ghats and the blue bliss of the Arabian Sea, Goa is blessed with a number of species of birds. To celebrate the rich legacy of diverse types of birds, Goa Forest Department welcomes bird enthusiasts, forest lovers and ornithologists from all over the world to the wildlife sanctuaries inhabited with a huge population of birds.
Bird watching in Goa is one of the highlights of tourism in the state. The state is said to have 420 species of birds, many of which are listed as endangered. Goa is a unique confluence of two diverse ecosystems – the marine and the tropical forests. The coastline along the Arabian Sea have a healthy population of birds, some of them migrating for the winters. The lush Western Ghats is listed among the 25 mega biodiversity hot spots in the world which has a rich legacy of avifauna some of them unique and found nowhere else on the Earth.
The Goa Bird Festival’s 2nd Chapter will host well-known naturalists, bird experts, forest officers, bird photographers & scientists. The first Goa Bird Festival in 2016 was first held at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary. The Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary will highlight the bird heritage in South Goa. Even the next of these Bird Festivals will be held in different geographical locations of Goa. This will give opportunity to highlight the bird diversity and also to enable participation and discussions amongst avian experts from around the globe.
For the 2018 edition, the dates of the Bird Festival in Goa are marked from 12th to 14th January, 2018. Not just bird watching walks, the festival will celebrate the array of varied events. Birds will be celebrated in all their dimensions – science, conservation, art, music, film, photography, travel and outdoor adventure.
The three-day festival will be a great time for delegates and public alike. To engage, educate and entertain attendees, there are a series of through presentations, exhibitions, trade show, tours and workshops on birds.
Bird watching highlights
The easily spotted birds in Goa white-bellied woodpecker, velvet-fronted nuthatch, heart-spotted woodpecker, white-eyed eagle, rufous woodpecker and the Malabar-crested eagle. The rare birds you can spot here include the Malabar Pied Hornbill and the Great Hornbill. Do not miss to spot the official bird of Goa, along with the Ruby Throated Black-Headed Bulbul. The migratory birds that are spotted include Seagulls and Terns, come here from the Caspian Sea area.
Registration for Bird Festival 2018 in Goa
• INR 3500 for Registration.
• INR 4500 Registration with Boat Trip.
Venue – Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Eco Tourism Complex Haatipal (near Poinguinin), on the main road to Cotigao village.
Other Bird watching spots in Goa
The other popular bird havens in Goa are the swampy mangroves of Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Carambolim Lake, perennial Lake of Saligao, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, the Global Biodiversity Hotspot, Curtorim on the banks of River Zuari and Morjim Lake.
How to Reach
Nearest airport: Dabolim Airport Goa, 83 km away.
Nearest railway station: Margao Railway Station, at a distance 37 km.
By Road: One can reach by road from Panaji/ Margao and Karwar through NH17 (Goa Mangalore Highway). Local buses ply between Panaji, Margao and Canacona and Karwar.