HAFLONG, Sept 18 � The Forests Department, NC Hills Autonomous Council, Dima Hasao has appealed to the people of the district in general and the people of Jatinga and Umrangsu in particular to save the migratory birds who visit Jatinga and Umrangsu during the period between September to November every year.
The Dima Hasao district is one of the two hill districts of Assam blessed with natural beauty. The flora and fauna, the running rivers and streams, colourful butterflies and insects, fishes, wild flowers and cultural diversity of the people attract people from various parts of the State and the country.
One of the important natural phenomena of the area is the annual arrival of various migratory birds during the later part of August to October, particularly in the Jatinga, Doiheng and Umrangso areas.
The Jatinga bird phenomenon is well-known all over the world, and is an attraction of the district. Another important phenomenon is the arrival of thousands of the Amur falcons (Daopna in Dimasa and Kalengmaha in Karbi languages) in Umrangso area during the September-November period every year.
Every year, thousands of Amur falcon migrate through the remote North East India from Easter Siberia, and Northern China to Southern Africa. These migratory birds make a stopover in the Umrangso area during the months between September and October.
Bikash Brahma, IFS, Additional PCCF, Dima Hasao told this correspondent, that some people do not hesitate to kill these birds for consumption, besides selling them in the market. This practice has brought shame to the people of the district and these unique birds will disappear if this practice is allowed to be continued.
�It is call of the hour to stop such illegal and merciless killings. All section of the society must keep vigil and provide information to the Forest Department and the police authority of such incidents. We appeal everyone to stop these merciless killings,� he said.