Pink Celebration 2018 (Porbandar Bird Festival)
Porbandar, Gujarat
Let’s rejoice the Flamingos of Porbandar once again!

Organised by Mokarsagar Wetland Conservation Committee (MWCC)

Supported by
Sahajanand Swami District Community Science Centre
Green Wildlife Conservation Society

Location: Porbandar, Gujarat, India
Date: 19-20 May, 2018 (Saturday & Sunday)
Venue: Lok Vignan Kendra, Swaminarayan Gurukul, Chhaya main road, Porbandar. (21.629559, 69.631415)

Pink Celebration 2018
Fees
Online registration: 700/-
Spot registration: 1500/-
(Does not include accommodation)
(Includes registration, entry to all events, breakfast and lunch on first day)
Please note that No dinner will be served on first day and no lunch on second day. (Because event ends before that time. So participants can explore Porbandar sightseeing)

How to register?
Step 1.
Pay required fees online to
Ac Name: Dhaval Vargiya
No 31036529556
SBI Chhaya main road Porbandar
IFSC Code: SBIN0060164
Save the transaction ID

Step 2.
Online registration at https://goo.gl/forms/Puv33c3HPcznS0Dm1

Step 3. (Optional)
Share us on Facebook
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/234938817068507/

Organised by Mokarsagar Wetland Conservation Committee (MWCC)

Contact
Dhaval Vargiya 9824822855 (dhaval.mwcc@gmail.com)
Vikrant Rana 9409432892 (vikrant.zala@gmail.com)

MWCC is all set to host the 5th Pink celebration of Flamingos on 19-20 May 2018 (Saturday and Sunday). The pink celebration provides an excellent opportunity to observe courtship dance of Lesser flamingos at Porbandar. More than 10000 flamingos congregating at one place is a heart rendering experience. Pink Celebration is not merely for enjoying the beauty of nature but henceforth will also stand for the challenges being faced for wilderness conservation both by the conservationists as well as the Forest Department. As part of this, we have planned this event to understand the challenges and opportunities of wetland conservation. Pink Celebration will have conservation experts from various field put forward their views and experiences.

The Porbandar City of Gujarat is well known as “Surkhabi Nagri” where Surkhab - the Flamingos are found in abundance in the vicinity of human habitation. Wetlands, in around Porbandar are covered with the pink carpet of Flamingos. Each year about 35000 Lesser and about 9000 Greater Flamingos are recorded from wetlands of Porbandar during Asian Waterbird Census. They perform the most stunning and beautiful courtship dance wherein; a tightly packed group walk and perform synchronised movements to woo their partners.
Although the most numerous of the world's flamingos, the Lesser Flamingo is classified “Near Threatened” due to its declining population and the low number of breeding sites in the 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, indicating that it is considered likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future. The major threats to the survival of the Lesser Flamingo are the loss and/or the degradation of habitat through altered hydrology and water quality, wetland pollution, extraction of salt and soda ash, particularly at its breeding sites.

As Porbandar hosts a sizable population of flamingos, through Pink Celebration, we commit to boosting state level awareness on flamingo and wetland conservation in Gujarat. There are ample of opportunities for sustainable tourism at Porbandar. In near future, we will establish long-term goals and Porbandar will be highlighted at international level.
We invite you to witness this outstanding natural ritual at Porbandar. We hope the Pink Celebration this year will be a mega festival of your life.

Popular lecture series*:
Courtship behaviour of Flamingos around Porbandar
Birding around Porbandar
Raptors of Gujarat
Bird Species to look for in Gujarat
Bird Ecology


Training Kit:
Binocular Bag
Notepad and pen
Pictorial catalogue: Waterbirds
Certificate
Flamingo Courtship Brochure

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