Dear Human Beings,
We the migratory birds are suffused with joy, you have remembered us. So we are back with our feathers ashiver in gratitude, our wings shouting "thanks friends".
It was astounding the way one and all answered to our plea of last winter, Purbasthali, Purulia, Nabadwip, Mayapur has seen school children marching this seven Kms. from Parulia to Kasthashali.
Street corner meetings, movie shows, processions were organized under the auspices of Kasthashali Hero Athletic club, Purbasthali Panchayat, Nabadwip Municipality, Police, Administration, State Forest Department and almost all political and social organizations of this large area have taken part spontaneously. Even the youngest saint of ISCON have extended his helping hand.
We have heard your voice :
"Proclaim it with Junglees, say it lout
Save migratory birds and be proud"
"The Junglees and we stand Guards
For Bio-Diversity & Birds"
We carried the good news to Himalayas, Ladakh, Tibet, Russia, North and Central Asia and Arabia, Europe.
The beat of our wings were full of your promises :
"Want a promise the birds migratory
Let there be a River Sanctuary"
The clamour has spread from Calcutta to Central Forest and Environment Ministry in Delhi, in to the head-quarters of International Waterfowl and Wetland Research Bureau in London, and to the Asian Wetland Bureau, Malaysia. It made everybody sit up. It prompted the first census of migratory birds in Shankarpur. We know now the numbers and species of our co-travellers. We know that a plan is in the offing for building a Biological Research station for migratory birds in Sankarpur. When completed, it will be the first of its kind in Eastern India. This will provide a lot of information on our migration patterns, habitat and habit. Your procession demanded:
The Junglees Demand Green Syllabus
In Education for Environs"
"Waterfowls on Riverine Isle
Will keep Eco-Tourists Mobile"
"The Junglees Demand Green Reforms
In Attitude to Environs"
Such plain and simple demands can give this place its berth in the International Eco-Map and can brings about social development.
Next winter people who would come to the riverine plains of Ganga-Jalangi would bring in extra money for the local traders, railway and for the guides. This was the first step for building the sanctuary. This is just the beginning! We want your opinion on the possibilities of building the Research station and Sanctuary. Please let us know your opinion-we promise a flight of your ideas to all the important quarters across the Globe.
We fly back with this hope.
With the compliments
Migratory Waterfowls of the world.
*This is the translated version of a thanks giving message in Bengali that was distributed in thousands, in the form of a leaflet amongst the local people of Purbasthali during the National Environmental Awareness Campaign in 1993.