DC Wokha Calls for protection of Amur Falcon

Dimapur, October 21 (NE): Deputy Commissioner, Wokha, Dr. Manazir Jeelani Samoon, IAS has informed that Nagaland been declared as the Falcon Capital of the World and has found its rightful place on the global map for conservation due to the largest congregation of Amur falcons that happen at Pangti, Wokha District, during the months of October and November every year.

Nagaland has achieved great merit due to the successful conservation of the Amur falcons which are protected under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and also under the Convention on Migratory Species of Birds and Animals (CMS) to which India is a signatory; and therefore, to continue giving a safe passage to the Amur falcons, DC has prohibited that any activity detrimental to the safety of the Amur falcons.

Further, the Amur Falcon Roosting Site at Pangti has been notified as a temporary “Silence Zone” within a radius of 3 (Three) Km for the months of October and November since high intensity sound has been proven to induce fear in wild animals and birds which can force species to abandon their habitat and in addition, interfere with their communications thereby affecting their reproductive interactions and survival.

All activities that may/can cause disturbance to the Amur falcons during their migration season has been prohibited in and around the roosting site as well as throughout the district with immediate effect.

(News Source: DIPR)