Bird Sanctuaries

Sarahan-a sanctuary for mountain birds

Posted by Susan Sharma on October 12, 2018

 
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Mountain pheasants are seen in the Himalayan region.  In India they occur in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and J&K. Neighboring countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan also have some.   Pheasants are the Winged guardians of Mountainscapes. Pheasants are the species of birds to which our national bird, the peacock, belongs.

 

Pheasants are  an indicator species for the health of our mountains. About a third of all the pheasants in the world are found in India. While many pheasants have been reduced to birds for captive breeding (like the jungle fowl) or as game birds in the US and Europe, several parts of Asia still have the wild population. Seeing a tragopan in the wild can be compared only to seeing a tiger in the wild for the first time. The round black-bordered white spots or ocelli on the tragopan's feathers make it look like the King of Birds studded with diamonds all over.  No wonder the local names for the tragopan are "Jewar" and "Sonalu".  The tragopan is the state bird of Himachal Pradesh.

 

The beautiful monal pheasant, 'the bird of nine colours', is the state bird for nd Uttarakhand and Nepal.  Monal feathers used to adorn the Kinnaur Caps of wealthy persons. Now their use is banned officially.

 

The birds cannot  be viewed as game birds as most of the Western community does but these birds are the  winged guardians of our mountainscapes. The pheasants are more than just beautiful birds, for they also have scientific value for environmentalists and ecologists. Years of research have shown that Himalayan pheasants are mostly found in moist, temperate forests where there is a thriving community of oak trees. Oaks are important in ecological terms because they grow only in forests that are mature with plenty of healthy undergrowth in the form of vibrant grasses and bushes and a wide array of specialized tree species.  After establishing the close link between oak trees and pheasants, ecologists have reached the conclusion that a fall in pheasant population mirrors an adverse change in the mature forest habitat.

 

The hills and valleys of the Himalayan ranges are the only areas left in the world where these exotic birds species still exist in their natural surroundings. Western Tragopan, Himalayan Monal, Cheer, Koklass and Khaleej - the mountainscapes exist because they exist.  Anyone living in the mountains will vouch for the Himalayan Monal whose calls warn the ground dwelling animals like musk deer, tahr and bear of approaching hunters /poachers. It is high time we removed the tag of game birds from pheasants.

 

See our short film

Sarahan-a Sanctuary for mountain birds

https://youtu.be/6xZtmM0uIZg

Environmental Education

How can I change an address?

Posted by Charandeep on October 12, 2018

 
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A change of address notification have to always be submitted to the nearby check in office whilst permanently moving from one condominium to every other or whilst transient residence at any other cope with lasts for extra than 3 months. The records are routinely also sent to many different agencies the very best way to trade your cope with is through our website. You can log in to the service the use of online bank credentials.  apply new pan card

Events

Wedding planner in Udaipur

Posted by Eventgurus on October 10, 2018

 
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Event Gurus is a full-time innovative and creative Wedding Planner in Udaipur and Event Management Company. While managing destination weddings in Udaipur has been our forte, we have managed corporate events in Rajasthan for corporate houses across the globe.

Event Gurus is a passionate team of event designers based in Udaipur & Mumbai. Established in 2012, Event Gurus is a full-fledged event management company, striving to create unparalleled event experiences. Our expertise transcends industries. From Auto, IT, and Retail to Financial Services, Tourism and F&B, we have made our mark as a company that exceeds expectations. We understand that one size doesn't fit all, and that is why your events are tailor-made to your requirements.

 

Event Gurus is the best destination wedding planner in Udaipur. With our skilled team, we have planned & executed destination weddings in Goa, Jaipur, Pushkar too. From Venue Selection to Guest Management, we offer all the wedding services in Udaipur at affordable cost with world class management.

Travel

Himachal Pradesh tour packages Information Available Online

Posted by Odysseytravels Odysseytravels on October 10, 2018

 
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Himachal Pradesh tour package enterprise offers fabulous attraction like natural beauty, mountains coated with snow, wildlife forests, journey sports, journey sites and far additional. 

https://www.odysseytravels.net/destinations/himachal-pradesh-holiday-packages.aspx

 

Bird Watching

Why the Bulbul built a nest at our doorstep

Posted by Susan Sharma on October 06, 2018

 
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Why did the bulbul choose a tree at the entrance to our house to build a nest?  Well, here is the story.

 

Our garden has feral cats, shikras and tree pies visiting regularly.  Needless to say all three are predators of birds.  The bulbul perceived less threat from the occupants of the house.

I Watched the parent birds and chick through the camera sitting in my house comfortably. Visitors to our house never noticed the nest, so the chick hatched successfully and grew into a handsome bulbul.  

 

 

An organic garden which is not manicured, but left to grow naturally.  That is the secret of attracting birds and butterflies into your garden. For me the pleasure of gardening is complete when I see it come alive with bird chirpings.

 

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https://youtu.be/csI7uur4mt8

 

Books

Noor Queen of Ranthambhore

Posted by Aditya Singh on October 01, 2018

 
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Welcome from Andy Rouse and Aditya "Dicky" Singh. We are two tiger nutcases and professional photographers, born on different continents but now close family. We've been brought together by our love of tigers and for one amazing tigress called Noor. 

 

It's taken us 4 years to bring you this book, that's 4 years of very dedicated photography. 

We've followed Noor through the highs and the lows of her life, the result is a stunning 160-page fine art book that needs your support to make all our efforts worthwhile. It's a lavishly illustrated book, there are no filler images here, our photography is world class and so is the book...as befits the Queen of Ranthambhore. 

 

Since we wanted to produce something quite special we have used the best in the business, Printer Trento in Italy, to produce a book of stunning quality. The book itself is 300mm x 260mm, 160 pages packed with incredible images of Noor and her life. The cover is not the usual dust jacket, instead, we have chosen a slightly vintage approach to instead have the cover printed straight onto the book. It’s a beautiful book and we know that you will love it. 

 

The book had been launched as a crowdfunding project on Indiegogo and the link for our book project is - https://igg.me/at/noortiger/x/19415040

 

Do support our project and share it widely.

Man Animal Conflict

Human elephant conflict

Posted by Susan Sharma on September 28, 2018

 
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Shaleen Attre is currently pursuing an MSc in Conservation and International Wildlife Trade at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at University of Kent in Canterbury, UK.  Hear her talk about the complex nature of elephant conservation in India.

 

 

The specter of this gentle animal turning into a threat to humans needs to be taken seriously by conservationists. Wildlife Research and Conservation Society(WRCS) of Pune has been doing some work at grass roots to mitigate this issue. Read about this at

 

 

http://indianwildlifeclub.com/ezine/view/details.aspx?cid=25&m=6&y=2016

http://indianwildlifeclub.com/ezine/view/details.aspx?aid=1186

 

 

See the short film at

 

https://youtu.be/Z08hNz-Puok

 

 

Wildlife

First release of captive-bred* vultures in Asia

Posted by Susan Sharma on September 19, 2018

 
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First release of captive-bred* vultures in Asia


Nepal and SAVE witnessed a further landmark for Asian vulture conservation on 17th September 2018, when the Government of Nepal and national and international conservation organisations released 12 critically endangered white-rumped vultures Gyps bengalensis, including the first eight birds actually hatched within the conservation breeding programme. Releases last year of birds reared (but not hatched) in the programme have so far shown very promising signs of survival and success, and in addition, 20 wild birds have now been satellite-tagged  - 11 in 2017, and a further 9 just prior to this release.


The first gate opens and several birds immediately joined the wild birds at the carcass outside. Photo: BCN

The work is a truly collaborative effort of many partners, led by Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) and the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) together with Chitwan National Park and the Department of National Parks & Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC). The Director General of DNPWC and a small group of officials, scientists and community leaders watched as the BCN team quietly opened the doors of the release aviary using a remote pulley system. Six of the twelve vultures exited the release aviary and joined the wild birds feeding on the buffalo carcass almost immediately, and all twelve came out within half an hour. Six of the birds later returned inside the aviary where they spent the night, but immediately flew out again the following morning. The release site is at the village of Pithauli, Nawalparasi, close to Nepal’s Chitwan National Park.

“This is a world first for the release of white-rumped vultures actually bred in the Nepal breeding centre and is a major step for establishing secure wild populations now that we are confident that the veterinary use of diclofenac has been stopped in this country” said Mr Man Bahadur Khadka, DG, DNPWC.

The previous week, an expert team from the UK (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and Forestry Commission) together with the BCN team had fitted satellite tags to the birds with carefully designed harnesses (using the thoracic cross-hatch method), ready so they can be monitored after the release, and give us vital information about their movements, and any problems or causes of mortality . The team also caught and tagged nine wild white-rumped vultures, which are already being monitored, to compare their movements and behaviour with the released birds.


Fitting the satellite tag and wing-tags a week before the release. Photo: BCN

“The monitoring of the satellite-tagged birds is an important way to understand how well the birds are surviving, and to assess the safety of the “Vulture Safe Zone” said Ishana Thapa, CEO of BCN.  “If these and the previously tagged birds all survive then this is a further sign that the vulture conservation efforts are working”. Krishna Bhusal, BCN’s Vulture Conservation Program Officer of BCN added: “Releasing vultures, hatched in captivity, in this location, combines our in situ and ex situ efforts to save these birds, and the process of keeping the birds in the pre-release aviary for several months before release allows them to adjust and interact with wild birds - This is an exciting day for me and all Nepal”.


The officials slowly open the first gate of the release aviary using the remote pulley. Photo: BCN

Chitwan’s Chief Conservation Officer, Bed Kumar Dhakal said “We are proud that the vulture breeding at the Breeding Centre in Chitwan National Park has taken off, with nine chicks last year and six more in 2018”.  Jemima Parry Jones, UK birds of prey expert from the International Centre for Birds of Prey (ICBP) who advises the project said “Breeding and releasing these birds is a great credit to all involved, and shows how a combination of international and national partners can work successfully together to achieve very significant results. The huge success of the VSZs has meant we can have these amazing releases and aim towards all the vultures being back out in the wild by 2023”. Craig Pritchard, senior vet representing ZSL said how the birds all appeared to be in very good condition, and how pleased and privileged he felt to be part of this joint collaborative effort.


Briefing and speeches of the release immediately beforehand. Photo: BCN

Mr DB Choudhary, the local conservation community leader added “The Nawalparasi community is proud that their area has been selected for this historic release, following a series of vulture conservation initiatives in the area including running the vulture-safe feeding site here since 2006”

Chris Bowden, RSPB and Saving Asia’s Vultures from Extinction (SAVE) Programme Manager said “The successful removal of veterinary diclofenac across Nepal thanks to a lot of hard work, is the real reason behind the success so far and without this we couldn’t have gone ahead. These are the first ever Asian vultures to have been hatched and bred within a breeding programme and taken to the concluding phase of release to the wild. This illustrates the rationale behind these efforts and if enough birds survive without encountering killer veterinary drugs, we will be on track to release all the birds by 2023”

The vulture conservation work in Nepal is carried out with the full support of DNPWC, and led by BCN. The breeding centre was established in 2008 and is jointly managed by NTNC and Chitwan National Park. The main funding (and technical) support has come from the RSPB, but significant resources also come from all organisations involved as well as the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) who provide veterinary support and helped with funds for the release aviary, and the International Centre for Birds of Prey (ICBP) in the UK.


Flying free. Photo: Rajendra Gurung BCN

Calendar of the Nepal white-rumped vulture release programme so far:

April 2017: Transfer of the first 6 captive-reared* birds from the breeding centre to the release aviary.                                                  Trapped, satellite-tagged and released 6 wild white-rumped vultures

November 2017: First release of 6 captive-reared birds.  (Note five of the six released birds still alive and well after 10 months, but one was lost, possibly predated by a leopard)

Caught and tagged 5 more wild birds.

April 2018: Transferred 12 vultures from the breeding centre to the release aviaries.

September 2018: Released the first 8 captive-bred birds*, plus a further 4 captive-reared birds.                                                                        Also tagged and released 9 more wild birds.

There is now a total of 37 satellite tagged white rumped vultures, 20 wild birds and 17 released. All were caught or released in Nawalparasi in Nepal.

*Captive reared vultures are birds that came in as chicks collected from wild nests (in 2009 and 2010) reared and placed in the breeding centre for the breeding programme.

* Captive bred vultures are the offspring of those captive reared birds, hatched and parent reared in the breeding programme.


For more information on the Saving Asia’s Vultures from Extinction (SAVE) partnership and further news updates check www.save-vultures.org  and www.birdlifenepal.org

Anthropomorphism

GST writing

Posted by anshulaseth on September 19, 2018

 
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Volunteering

Volunteering opportunity for a software engineer

Posted by Siddesh on September 18, 2018

 
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Hi,

I am a software engineer located in Pune, i am looking for a Volunteering opportunity in the fiels of wild life

Is there any volunteering opportunity for a software engineerto contribute in wild life conservation.

I am interested in any field task as well as any site developement task.

-Siddesh Sane 

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