48 bird species identified in Jamshedpur

100 wildlife enthusiasts including teachers, scientists participate

Jamshedpur, June 26: A bird watching program was organized by the Corporate Sustainability Department, Tata Steel in association with the Tata Steel Zoological Park, Jamshedpur today at the foot of Dalma.

This event aligned with the Sustainability Month celebrations at Tata Steel aims to establish a common understanding of the term ‘sustainability’ among all employees and stakeholders of Tata Group companies. It also helps to make changes in habits necessary for our sustainable future. This year’s theme is ‘BeEarthSmart–Learn, Live, Lead’.

Dimna, 13 km from Jamshedpur, is close to Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary. The area is bounded by an artificial lake and is located at the foot of the Dalma mountain range famous for its serenity and pleasant greenery. The forests are characterized by leaf litter in the summer and reach full bloom at the onset of the monsoon. The forest falls under the category of “Dry Peninsular Salt” and “Northern Mixed Broadleaf Dry Forest”.

The program started at 5:30 a.m. and ended at 9 a.m. Hundreds of wildlife enthusiasts took part. The briefing took place in two sessions. The first session was where participants observed the birds while randomly following the 2 km foothill. The second session was held at Tata Steel Management Development Center (TMDC) to share experience and findings. Different teams were named Hornbill, Oriole, Tree Pie, Kingfisher, Pitta, Stork, and Woodpecker. All participants were given the task of identifying and recording the birds in their data sheet and reference sheet.

A total of 48 bird species were identified during the sessions by all participants. Participants included Tata Steel employees, teachers, scientists, volunteers, etc. Rangers from Jamshedpur Forestry Division were also present. The event was led by Somesh Biswas, Corporate Sustainability Manager and Dr Hishmi Jamil Husain, Corporate Sustainability Manager for Biodiversity, Tata Steel.