The Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a union territory of India. It is located in the Indian Ocean, in the southern region of the Bay of Bengal, near Myanmar and Indonesia. It comprises two islands i.e., the Andaman Islands and the Nicobar Islands which separates the Andaman Sea to the east from the Indian Ocean. The capital of this territory is ‘Port Blair’.
In Andaman, there are 572 islands in this territory, in which only some 38 are permanently inhabited. The smaller Nicobars comprises some 22 main islands (10 inhabited). The Andaman and Nicobar are separated by a channel known as ‘the Ten Degree Channel. The reserves and protected forests extend over 86%area of the territory and forest covers more than 92%. About half of the forest set near the ‘Tribal Reserve’. Mangroves cover nearly 12% of the territory. There are more than 150 endemic plant and animals’ species. It is a birding paradise with around 271 species of which 39 are endemic.
Andaman has also 270 species of birds (including endemics); the Nicobar island group has a higher endemicity than the Andamans and there is total number of 14 species endemic to Andaman. The State Bird of the Andamans is the “Andaman Wood Pigeon”.
A bird watching guide training workshop is jointly organized by the Department of Environment and Forests and Tourism Department, A&N Administration today at Mini Zoo Auditorium, Haddo. The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Principal Secretary (E&F), Shri M.S. Negi inaugurated the 5 days ‘Bird Watching Guide Training Workshop’ in presence of Smti. Ankita Mishra Bundela, Secretary (Tourism). The PCCF and the Secretary (Tourism) distributed training kit, a bag containing field equipments and Bird book to the participants for developing their enthusiasm and passion in bird watching.
A total of 31 persons are attending the training workshop and the group consists of unemployed youth, tourism operators and students.