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Special postal cover on Amur Falcon released

Published on 8 Nov. 2015 1:02 AM IST
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To commemorate the second anniversary of satellite tagging of Amur Falcons in Nagaland, the state department of environment, forests and climate change on Saturday released a “Special Postal Cover” in association with the Postal Department of Government of India at the office of Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & Head of Forest Force.
The special postal cover was unveiled at a special function attended by Minister for Forests Dr. Neikiesalie Nicky Kire as chief guest and Post Master General Shillong, I. Pangernungsang as guest of honour. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Nicky Kire described the day as “historic” and said protection of Amur Falcon by and local communities was the biggest conservation movement displayed to the world. “Nagaland is in world map because of great conservation work done by communities,” he said. Dr. Nicky said, besides the international scientists declaring Doyang as one of the biggest Amur Falcons roosting site, they have declared Nagaland as Falcon capital of the world. 
In his opening remarks, PCCF & HoFF M. Lokeswara Rao explained the process of tagging of three Amur Falcon birds (Naga, Pangti and Wokha) with satellite device. He said birds, which were tagged on November 7, 2013, have completed two cycles of migration covering a distance of approximately 44000 km to reach Doyang valley in Nagaland on October 29, 2015. 
Describing it as historic since such satellite tagging was carried out for the first time in India, Rao said the department was therefore prompted to approach the postal department to peruse them to design and release a special postal cover to commemorate the occasion.
Also, speaking on the occasion, principal secretary (forest) N. N. Zhasa said it was proud movement and a fitting recognition for the community for the great conservation initiatives.
PMG Shillong I. Pangernungsang informed that the postal department was very happy to be associated and to release the special postal cover. Addl. PCCF (WBA) Rajath Pal proposed vote of thanks. 
The function was attended by officials of the forest department, scientists from Wildlife Institute of India, representatives from Pangti village and Amur Falcon Roosting Association.
Tagging the birds with satellite devise has enabled the scientific community to understand the migratory behaviour of the raptors, stated a press release issued by PCCF & HoFF M. Lokeswara Rao

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