Wildlife Trust of India

Conserve nature, especially endangered species and threatened habitats, in partnership with communities and governments.
Sep 26, 2016

Save the Amur Falcon

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Umrangso, Assam shot into limelight when several reports from the region confirmed hunting of Amur Falcons in large numbers for their meat. This became a serious cause of concern for WTI which had played a pivotal role in mobilising communities in Nagaland in their commitment of not hunting Amur falcons. The project immediately swung into action and was successful in bringing down the hunting of Amur falcons in Umrangso. An Amur Falcon Festival was held to promote the conservation of the species and also provide an opportunity for the local community to benefit from their annual migration, economically. Various cultural events were organised as part of the festival. Bird watching was arranged at roosting sites and discussions were made on Amur falcon and its importance with the school children. The fest strengthened the belief in people’s mind that the stopping of the hunting of the falcons and conserving the region’s wildlife is a cause to be celebrated and that theirs is success story to be told to the world.

WTI’s Amur Falcon conservation project in Wokha, Nagaland could not have its success (zero mortality of falcons in last three years), without the help of the local communities i.e. Lotha tribe. Villagers from the three villages Pangti, Asha and Sungro became the guardians of this migrant raptor.

On request of local villagers of Pangti (VCM) and to take our good work towards another level of conservation of Amur falcon, an interpretation centre cum guest house to cater the tourist inflow in the migrating months of Amur Falcon is being conceptualized. This land for which will be provided by the villagers in Pangti) will aim to provide vital information about the specie, the local history of the place and about the work carried out by the communities and organizations so far towards conserving the falcons. The guest house will cater to tourists, birder’s, researchers visiting Doyang. Both the interpretation centre and guest house will be run by the local VCM’s and the earning will be utilized for self sustaining this building and strengthening community support. This will integrate the conservation action with possibility of revenue generation for local tourism by developing niche tourism.

The construction work of a country boat for protecting Amur falcon roosting sites in Doyang reservoir, Nagaland is going on. The country boat will help to patrol the inaccessible areas of Doyang reservoir. The Amur Falcon protection squad will be able to patrol the roosting sites located around the reservoir with the help of country boat. Field gears like T-shirts, Caps and Torches have been provided to the members of Amur falcon protection squad for better patrolling and monitoring of the area.These activities will eventually help the patrolling team in monitoring the area and thereby help in protecting the amur falcons.

Doyang hydro-electric project reservoir in Wokha district, which hosts the raptors in tens of thousands and is believed to be the single largest aggregation of Amur falcons recorded in India. The field gears provided to the Amur falcon protection squads will aid them in their patrolling duties.  We hope that these activities will ensure the sustained conservation of Amur falcons in Doyang Reservoir, Nagaland in the years to come.

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Sep 21, 2016

Monthly report MVS- Similipal

Shows preparing for Release of Wild Boar
Shows preparing for Release of Wild Boar
  • On 4th August 2016  MVS team alongwith FVO,Dr. Piysh Soren participated in Dog Vaccination camp against Canine Distemper  in the fringe Villages of Upper Barakamra Range of Similipal Tiger Reserve . .
  • On 7thAugust 2016 MVS-Team alongwith FVO,Dr. Piysh Soren participated in Dog Vaccination camp against Canine Distemper  in the fringe Villages of Jenabil Range of Similipal Tiger Reserve .
  • On 8thAugust 2016 MVS-SBR team attended a Wild Boar rescue case at Madhuban, Baripada along with FVO,Dr. Piush Soren and FD staff of Pithabata Range territorial which was later taken to MVS station for further care and treatment.
  • On10 th  August 2016 MVS-SBR team along with FVO, Dr. Piush Soren and ACF Mr. K. Parida released a Wild Boar at Champagar area under Pithabta Range (WL) after its treatment recovery .
  • On 13th August  2016 MVS team alongwith FVO,Dr. Piysh Soren examined one Spectacled Cobra rescued by Kallu Babu and Team from Baripada Town and after examination it was released at Manchabandha.   
  • On 17th August  2016 MVS-SBR along with Dr. Piush Soren FVO, his office received one Russell’s Viper with injured head infested with maggots from FD staff of DUKURA range and taken to MVS station for further care but it was died on arrival at Pithabata campus ,Lulung.
  • On 18 th August 2016, MVS-SBR attended a weak diseased young female wild pig at Lengrakocha Beat un der Pithabata Range(WL) which was unable to stand very weak and given required treatment at the spot and brought it to MVSstation for further care.
  • On 19th Agust 2016 ,MVS-SBR team with Dr.P. Soren attended a PM of female wild pig here at Pithabata MVS-Station.Which was rescued by FD staff of Lengrakocha Beat.
  • On 23rd Agust 2016 ,Atteneded a Meeting at Office premises of Divisional Forest Officer at Baripada on Odisha Wildlife Management Plan along with Rudra Mahapatra and Prakash Bhardaraj.
measurement of Injured Boar at Pithabata Range
measurement of Injured Boar at Pithabata Range
Releasing into the wild
Releasing into the wild
Sep 19, 2016

SAVE BIRDS FROM KITE STRINGS INJURIES

Awareness campaign
Awareness campaign

The kite festival of Uttarayan (Makar Sankranti) is regarded as one of the biggest festivals celebrated in western part of India. It marks the transition of the sun into the zodiacal sign of Makara (Capricorn) on its celestial path. The day is also believed to mark the arrival of spring in India. The tradition of kite flying is believed to have started amongst the kings and royalties, however over the years, it became a popular sport and began to reach the common mass. Kite flying during Uttarayan is now celebrated as a regional event.

Kites flown these days are known to use a strong special string which is made by applying glass powder on it (known as Manjha) to provide it a cutting edge. This practice of using an abrasive thread for kite fighting has posed a great threat to species including birds, fruit-bats, macaques and even humans. The impact on birds however is much larger. Birds when in flight, fail to notice the fine glass-coated thread, get entangled and injured even causing fractures, mutilation of wings and nerve injuries. At times, the minute glass pieces used in manjha get embedded in their bodies adding to the misery and eventual death. Additionally, these strings unlike their cotton counterpart do not lose its strength even after getting wet and hence stays for a long time in the environment, creating potential threat for the birds both local and migratory. With more kites competing for space with birds, the number of injuries has risen over the years.

Wildlife Trust of India took the initiative to address the issue. The project team went to every corner of Jaipur with the message of a safe Makar Sakranti and initiated mass campaign by conducting various events in lieu with the theme. Our primary target was educational institutions (schools and colleges) where video screenings, presentations and live talk shows related to a bird safe Sakranti festival were conducted. We formed teams called “special action forces• comprising of selected students who helped us during our citywide awareness campaigns. We asked students to sign a pledge saying they will not fly kites with glass-coated manjha. School/College managements appreciated our efforts and stood shoulder to shoulder with us for other events also. Schools and Colleges were educated and a huge target of over 14000 students (in 30 schools) was accomplished. Project team along with their volunteers performed many nukkad-nataks at strategic locations, Jaipurs largest Temple-Govind Dev ji Temple, Birla Mandir, City Pulse, Albert Hall, Trident Mall) followed by signature campaigns wherever they visited. Our signature campaigns (Albert Hall, Walled City, Trident Mall, Govind Dev ji Temple, Birla Mandir, Galta Temple) attracted local residents, shop owners, etc in various areas of the city. Information Education and Communication (IEC) material in form of posters, brochures and pamphlets was circulated in the public. A candle light march was organized at Albert Hall and peace rally at Mansarover which witnessed huge participation from school kids and their parent alike. The team also approached religious leader to spread message of conserving the birds which were telecasted in regional TV shows.The awareness campaign reached a direct audience of 2 lakh people with many more reached through media coverage.

Awareness Programme in different regions of Jaipur was a great success in creating awareness about kite string injuries in birds amongst the people of Jaipur with people of all ages and social backgrounds participating. Following the awareness programme the locals found to be more involved by rescuing and taking the injured birds to veterinary relief camps. As a result approx 1000 birds (Black kites, pigeons, cormorants, spotted dove, bee eaters, egrets, barn owls etc) were treated during the veterinary relief camps. Another major outcome, that came out was District Administrator put forward a timeline for flying kites and bans the Chinese manjha from all the shops. The District Administrator put forward a timeline for flying kites and banned the Chinese manjha from all the shops. Time regulations were implemented to avoid flying kites between 7 and 9 am and between 5 and 7 pm which is when raptor activity is deemed highest. With help of enforcement done by team members, it was made ensure that no shopkeeper sells the Chinese manjha in the area. In this way, glass coated strings were completely banned in the area.

The awareness campaign initiated, seeks to continue and sensitize even higher target audience.

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Campaign
Campaign
 
   

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