Bird Walk at Pashan Lake on Earth Day
What better way to start the ‘Earth Day’ than by a bird walk at the Pashan lake?
Earth Day celebrated on 22nd April every year marks the birth of the modern environmental movement which started in the 1970s in order to promote the idea of ecology and encourage the respect for life on Earth. On this day events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental awareness and protection and raise awareness about protecting our biodiversity and ecology.
Sustainability Initiatives and the Western Routes with support from Sanctuary Asia and the Earth Day Network came together to celebrate the Earth Day in Pune on the 22nd of April, 2014 by conducting a Bird Walk to the Pashan Lake. Pashan lake is a man-made lake which hosts a variety of wetland birds such as storks, ibis, kingfishers, cormorants, ducks, herons and tree birds like barbets, wagtails, great tits and many more can be seen around the lake.
Experts guided the participants to identify birds and also shared information about their habitats. Tree species were identified which particularly nest some species of birds. Participants were also made aware about the problems facing the lake and its surroundings – encroachment, human pressure, garbage, growth of weeds and invasive species and excessive eutrophication. Such events are important and help us to understand our environment better and also know more about our co-inhabitants on the planet. More than 30 participants that included amateur bird watchers, students of environment science and enthusiastic citizens interested to know more about the ecology of the city attended this walk.