𝐏𝐆 𝐃𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐙𝐨𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲, 𝐃𝐀𝐕 𝐂𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐞 𝐉𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐡𝐚𝐫 𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐚 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐩 𝐭𝐨 𝐖𝐞𝐭𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐁𝐢𝐫𝐝 𝐒𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲, 𝐇𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐏𝐮𝐧𝐣𝐚𝐛 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐃𝐚𝐫𝐰𝐢𝐧 𝐙𝐨𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐭𝐲.
Such educational trips are essential for students to obtaining practical knowledge of the subject so as to compliment the theoretic. The purpose of this trip was to identify the different local and migratory birds and knowing their significance, habitat, purpose of migration, behaviour etc. A total number of 39 students of UG and PG classes along with faculty members, Dr. Deepak Wadhawan, Dr. Rishi Kumar, Dr. Kapila Mahajan and Dr. Abhinay Thakur had participated in this educational trip.
Harike bird sanctuary attracts thousands of migratory birds during winter, some from as far off as Siberia and the Arctic, thus, it is a paradise for bird watchers. It is situated on the confluence of the river Beas and Satluj near the Ferozepur and Amritsar border. The sanctuary encompasses an area of approximately 86 sq km. It provides refuge for large number of resident and migratory birds. Some 45,000 ducks have been recorded here during the peak migratory season. The wigeon, common teal, pintail, shoveller and brahminy ducks are commonly seen during the winter. The lake is particularly famous for diving ducks, such as the crested pochard, common pochard and tufted ducks that occur in very large numbers. The mammals found at Harike include the smooth Indian otter, the jungle cat, jackal, Indian wild boar and the common mongoose along with recently reported Indus Dolphin.
The students used high power binoculars for observing activities of the birds from watching towers. The students were guided about various techniques of identifying birds, counting techniques as well as behavior of birds etc. by accompanying teachers. Hence forth the contingent moved towards Fishery department near Kanjali wetland, Kapurthala where students were provided with adequate knowledge of fish breeding along with Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojna (PMMSY) a scheme for entrepreneurship in the said field provided by Government of India. The students stated that they were indebted to the Hon. Principal Dr. Rajesh Kumar and Prof. Punit Puri HOD Zoology for giving them such an experience of lifetime.