The Karnataka Forest Department, Karnataka Ecotourism Development Board (KEDB) and Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve (DATR) are hosting the second Karnataka Bird Festival at Kulgi Nature Camp, in the Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve on 8, 9 and 10 January, 2016. Dandeli is considered one of the finest birding destinations in Karnataka and its hornbills are a big draw for birders across the country.
The second Karnataka Bird Festival aims to put focus on birds and birding in Karnataka. There is a rapidly growing interest in wildlife and visitation to wildlife parks has grown manifold in the recent years. Bangalore is known as the city in India with the maximum number of nature enthusiasts and wildlife photographers. But these enthusiasts are mostly focused on large and charismatic mammals like tigers and elephants; birds are normally ignored. The Bird Festival also aims to put bird conservation on the center-stage and raise the attention of nature enthusiasts and public towards the significance of birds and the important role they play in the ecosystem.
Bird festivals are quite popular in the USA and the most well known festival in the world is the Bird Fair in the UK, which attracts about 20,000 visitors every year. In India, festivals like these are now being held in Gujarat, Uttarkhand and Uttar Pradesh. The Karnataka Bird Festival is South India’s only birding event.
The Honorable Forest Minister and Tourism Minister of the Government of Karnataka will grace the inauguration function. The Bird Festival will comprise of talks, bird walks, hornbill photo exhibition, bird art exhibition, bird photography workshops, bird conservation theme based street plays and many other outdoor events.
The audience comprises of a mix of enthusiastic birders, eco-tourists, local youth and children. Select birders from all over Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and other parts of the country have been invited too. Registrations are open.