The Aurangabad forest department jointly with wildlife division, Maharashtra Tourism, and Development Corporation (MTDC), Environment Research Foundation and Education Academy (ERFEA) and Nature walk, Pune, has organised a three-day bird festival starting from January 23.
Deputy conservator of forest here, Ajit Bhosale, said, "Over 200 species of birds visit the Sukhna lake near Jayakwadi reservoir of Paithan taluka annually including local and migratory birds. Attendees would be informed about identification of birds, their food habits, roosting and other characteristics".
Located in the Paithan village, jayakwadi dam alias Paithan dam constructed over the sacred river Godavari is the major source of water supply to the Aurangabad city. With the10kms long dam barrier, it boasts to be the largest earthen dam in Maharashtra. The reservoir formed by the dam is named as Nathsagar. Jayakwadi dam offers scenic and panoramic view of Paithan and is a delicious treat for the bird watchers.
Jayakwadi Bird Sanctuary, sprawls across the backwaters of Nathsagar reservoir, houses variety of flora and fauna. A wide range of resident and more than 70 species of migratory birds can found in the vicinity. Some of them include Siberian migratory birds, Flamingos, Porchards, Cranes etc. The ideal time to visit the place is from October and March.