To promote bird tourism, aware and attract a diverse group in bird conservation, Pokhara Bird Society organized “Nepal Bird Fair 2019” promoted by Nepal Tourism Board and coordinated by Gandaki Province and Tourism Ministry in Pokhara, Kaski Nepal. The event was supported by Pokhara Tourism Council, Annapurna Conservation Area Project, Zoological Society of London Nepal Office and Nepal Bird Conservation Association. The three days long fair that began from 4-6 July 2019 was concluded with a five-point declaration on bird conservation, which was attended by many bird lovers including governmental bodies, professional tourism guides, naturalists, birders, students and locals of Pokhara Valley.
The major highlight of the programme was two days training workshop for the bird guides, panel group discussions on the threats to bird and its mitigation measures, a photo exhibition of birds, bird race, and inter-school art competition. Moreover, bird experts and tourism experts presented their talk about birds, their habitats and conservation. One of the major highlights of the fair was the participation of more than ten different organizations to demonstrate their works on bird and biodiversity conservation. The two books ‘Birds of Pokhara Valley’ and ‘Vultures of Nepal’ were also launched. More than 500 people including Minister Bikash Lamsal of Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment, Gandaki Province, Pokhara visited the Small Mammals Conservation and Research Foundation (SMCRF) install and the visitors showed their interest in SMCRF’s work. In this programme, SMCRF also distributed eight different conservation posters to the participants.