Why is Falcon Festival Celebrated
After the successful campaign on the conservation of Amur falcons in Wokha, Nagaland, WTI-CAF-India in partnership with Haflong-based Blue Hills Society has initiated a Rapid Action Project (RAP) to protect Amur falcons (falco amurensis) near Umrangso, Dima Hasao District, Assam. Umrangso shot into limelight when several reports from the region confirmed hunting of these beautiful birds in large numbers for their meat.
Assam Falcon Festival Saving The Amur Falcons
Falcon Festival In Umrangso
Falcon Festival is an annual event which happens every year at Umrangso. This festival aims at creating an awareness among the people about Amur Falcons, the longest traveled migratory birds. Amur falcons come each year during the last week of October or first week of November to roost in Dima Hasao, Assam. Due to lack of awareness these birds used to be killed for sport and fun. Blue Hills Society, a reputed NGO from Haflong, Dima Hasao : Assam took up the initiative to protect our winged friends (Amur Falcons) from harm’s ways, they have collaborated with Wild Life Trust of India, Department of Forest (Assam), Dima Hasao District Administration, North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council and other local youth forums in this matter. This festival is organized after analyzing a huge response from the local people, youths, policy makers and other administrative departments, through this festival, Blue Hills Society aims at boosting the tourism sector of the district. Since Dima Hasao is stocked with nature’s bounty and rich in flora and fauna, this festival will be an invitation for tourists, researchers and nature enthusiasts to come and explore Dima Hasao.
Know About Umrangso
Umrangso is known as the industrial town of Dima Hasao district. It is located along the Assam-Meghalaya border and 127 km from Haflong, the district headquarters of Dima Hasao.
Where In Umrangso Is The Festival Held
The festival is held on the bank of Kapili Lake and gold playground near Tungbung village at Umrangso.
The stay is in the form of camping. Both domestic and international tourists are welcomein Dima Hasao for the festival.
Photos contributed by my dear friend- Syed Rafi Ahmed.