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Join Us To Save Indian Native Birds

Every year 12+ lakh Indian native birds die due to human made causes.
Our mission is clear: to conserve native birds and their habitats across India. In doing so, we benefit not only Indian birds but all other species as well.

WHY BIRD CONSERVATION IS IMPORTANT?


The latest International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Birds (2013) shows that fifteen bird species in India continue to be Critically Endangered (CR). Moreover, three other bird species now face greater danger than before. These species have been up listed to Near Threatened (NT) and Vulnerable (VU) categories.


 These birds are now considered extinct for all practical purposes. The species that have been unlisted (facing greater danger) in 2013 IUCN list are:

1. River Lapwing and River Tern, both unlisted from Least Concern to Near Threatened.

2. Long-tailed Duck unlisted from Least Concern to Vulnerable. Destruction of wetlands and riverine habitats has been the cause of decline of these species. 

Commenting on the state of affairs, BNHS-India Director, Dr Asad Rahmani said, “There is an urgent need to conserve the remaining habitats and species dependent on them, based on insightful scientific field research. Policies that ensure this through sustainable development should be framed and implemented urgently”.

PROBLEM:

1) EXTINCTION:

Hundreds of bird species are on a track toward extinction. If these species blink out, we’ll have just one species to blame: ours.  A casual observer might not notice, but take a closer look. Across India, fewer birds inhabit our landscapes. Some familiar birds, like the Wood Thrush, are 50 percent less common than they were 50 years ago. This thrush is just one of dozens of native bird species in India that may face extinction in the next decades, if current trends continue. In fact, across East India, 12 percent of 4,230 bird species are declining in population and headed for extinction in our lifetimes without immediate conservation action.


2) HABITAT LOSS: 

Rain-forests are felled. Woodlots become parking lots. With so much habitat loss, is it any wonder many bird species are in decline? These are the impacts of habitat loss and poor habitat management, often unnoticed but in fact the biggest cause of bird declines. Over the past 150 years, as the world has industrialized and the human population has soared past 7 billion, our landscapes have changed dramatically: To stabilize bird populations and prevent extinctions, it's critical that we find the most effective ways to save habitat and influence best management practices. Fortunately, these are some of the things IBC does best.

3) PESTICIDES:


They are readily available on store shelves, used on everything from produce to pets. But many pesticides have harmful, even deadly, impacts. Thousands of Swainson's Hawks were found dead in agricultural fields in Tamil Nadu in the mid-2001. When the mystery was solved, a commonly used pesticide was identified as the culprit. It's just one example of pesticides marketed as “safe” later being deemed deadly, and it's why our Pesticides Program works so hard to eliminate toxic chemicals. The rat poison d-CON is another example. It was long ago discovered to be deadly to predators, like hawks and owls. These rap-tors die after eating rodents sickened by the poison. It took many years of advocacy and legal action to convince the maker to pull the worst of these products from retail shelves.

4) FISHERIES:

People across the globe consume fish caught by fisheries. But many bird species—from Kingfisher to albatrosses—need fish to survive. Seabirds—species like Laysan Albatross and Pink-footed Shear water—are “off the radar” for most people. We simply don't think about these birds that spend most of their lives over the open ocean. That's why it may come as a surprise to realize that human activities and fisheries in particular are a taking a great toll on these long-lived birds, now the most threatened group of birds on Earth. Dual Threat: Overfishing and By catch Overfishing is depleting many seabirds' main food. In recent years, fisheries have begun to take not only fish for people to eat, but harvesting ever-smaller forage fish as feed for cattle and pigs. This means even fewer fish for seabirds to eat. A related threat is “bycatch,” when fisheries accidentally catch wildlife other than fish, like sea turtles and dolphins. Few realize that seabirds, including the critically endangered Waved Albatross, are among fisheries' unintended victims. Among fishing methods, longlines with hundreds or even thousands or baited hooks kill at least 320,000 seabirds yearly. Gillnets, which can stretch for a mile in length, take at least 400,000. Because of a lack of data, these figures probably represent an extreme low end of the spectrum.

5)CLIMATE CHANGE:

Climate change is already affecting birds and their habitats. We’re acting to conserve birds in ways that also reduce carbon emissions. As a looming threat to birds and human civilization, global climate change will be an increasing focus of conservation in the coming decades. Birds that are already rare and declining will face additional risk as some current threats intensify, such as degradation or loss of habitat and spread of invasive species. More frequent and severe weather events may further stress bird populations. Changes in climate patterns can upset the synchronization of bird migrations, such as the arrival of Red Knots on traditional feeding grounds on the Delaware Bay when horseshoe crab eggs are most abundant. The destruction of forests releases carbon and hastens climate change. Studies show that deforestation accounts for 14 percent of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. Conversely, reforestation and preventing deforestation are two strategies we can take to slow climate change. Many of our bird conservation projects protect carbon-rich tropical forests. For example, by creating or expanding 90 bird reserves, we have protected nearly one million acres, keeping forest carbon in the ground. Our tree-planting efforts restore forests that help to keep our climate stable. In one area ofalone, more than one million trees have been planted.

6) LACK OF RESOURCES:

Lots of people love birds. Even so, lack of financial resources and political will threaten the measures needed to protect them. Are Birds Out of Sight, Out of Mind? People tend to see at least a few species of birds in their daily lives. As a result, most people don't realize that how many less-frequently-observed bird species are at risk of extinction. We believe this lack of awareness translates to a lack of resources for birds. Still fewer people probably realize that protecting birds means protecting habitats that support a vast array of plants and other wildlife. When we take action to protect a bird species like Blue-billed Curassow or Cerulean Warbler, entire ecosystems are preserved. These protected places help people, too, by ensuring sources of fresh water and slowing climate change.

What does the Indian Bird Conservancy - IBC TEAM  do?

The IBC TEAM has created a far-reaching protection scheme for all of India's wild birds, identifying 194 species and sub-species (listed in Annex I) among them as particularly threatened and in need of special conservation measures. There are a number of components to this scheme:

Member States are required to designate Special Protection Areas (SPAs) for the 194 threatened species and all migratory bird species. SPAs are scientifically identified areas critical for the survival of the targeted species, such as wetlands. The SPAs form part of Natura 2000, India's network of protected nature sites, which was established in 1992. The designation of an area as a SPA gives it a high level of protection from potentially damaging developments.


A second component bans activities that directly threaten birds, such as the deliberate killing or capture of birds, the destruction of their nests and taking of their eggs, and associated activities such as trading in live or dead birds (with a few exceptions).
IBC's team found DEAD CRANE at OKLHA INDUSTRIAL AREA NEW DELHI


Who'll get benefitted?

Indian Native Birds. The funds directly goes to conserve native birds and their habitats across India. In doing so, we benefit not only Indian birds but all other species as well.

One species after another is losing the safety net provided by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Now, the Farm Bill and Interior Appropriations Bill include language that would exempt species from ESA protection or reduce habitat protection for currently listed species.









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11th October 2019
Guarding the rain-forests of the sea by Coastal Schools in Mithapur: 

Often called as rain-forest of the sea, although coral reefs cover meagre 1% of the ocean floor, have a huge effect on the health of the rest of the world. Healthy corals equate to a healthy ocean. But for these corals to replenish and flourish well, it needs clean, clear water to survive.
Guarding the rain-forests of the sea by Coastal Schools in Mithapur: 
All over the world marine and coastal ecosystems are under tremendous pressure arising from natural as well as anthropocentric sources, causing considerable loss of biodiversity. Irresponsible dumping of solid waste along the shore is one such pollution causing behavior that can be contained with proper awareness among the masses. Participatory awareness generating events had been immensely effective in driving the message of conservation into public.

Guarding the rain-forests of the sea by Coastal Schools in Mithapur: 
The reef of Mithapur is home to about 250 diverse marine organisms. Around 350 families earn their livelihoods from direct and indirect dependence on the resources of the reef of Mithapur. The reef of Mithapur also attracts pods of Indian ocean hump-backed dolphins during the colder months every year. The coast of Mithapur is also a nesting site for green sea turtles.
The coast of Mithapur attracts people round the year seeking recreation and livelihoods alike. This coast also attracts people during certain seasons to perform certain religious rituals such as immersion of Ganesh idols. These activities cumulatively account to littering along the coast, often with plastic waste. Ghost nets are also a problem along this coast. Taking the fragile ecosystems of Mithapur such as coral reefs and sand dunes, it is imperative to educate people from coastal communities on the threats posed by plastic pollution on local biodiversity and ultimately effecting the livelihoods of people dependent on these ecosystems.


As an effort to commemorate the World Ocean Day on 8th June, 2019, coastal cleanup activities were conducted with the participation of students from TCL DAV Public School and Mithapur High School on 28th June, 2019 an 6th July, 2019 respectively. Students of these schools come from various walks of life but yet are connected to each other through their relationship with the coast. In view of their connection with the coast through various activities, it is important to impart conservation awareness into the families of these coastal dwellers. Both the events consisted of a small seminar where talks were delivered by Mr. Bhaskar Bhat, Sociologist of IBC and Mr. Satish Trivedi, Asst. Manager of TCSRD, TCL. Field sessions were held during the early hours of the day following the seminar.


Students were briefed about the precautions to be taken while on field and were divided onto groups of 3 students each. The groups of students were then asked to walk in a straight line parallel to the shore so that garbage can be collected in maximum transects, minimizing the chance of missing anything.

50 students from TCDAV Public School and 110 students from Mithapur High School had participated in these events and collected 200 and 300 kg of plastic waste respectively. Each participant was given a participation certificate so as to boost their morale.
Guarding the rain-forests of the sea by Coastal Schools in Mithapur: 

Often called as rain-forest of the sea, although coral reefs cover meagre 1% of the ocean floor, have a huge effect on the health of the rest of the world. Healthy corals equate to a healthy ocean. But for these corals to replenish and flourish well, it needs clean, clear water to survive.
Guarding the rain-forests of the sea by Coastal Schools in Mithapur: 
All over the world marine and coastal ecosystems are under tremendous pressure arising from natural as well as anthropocentric sources, causing considerable loss of biodiversity. Irresponsible dumping of solid waste along the shore is one such pollution causing behavior that can be contained with proper awareness among the masses. Participatory awareness generating events had been immensely effective in driving the message of conservation into public.

Guarding the rain-forests of the sea by Coastal Schools in Mithapur: 
The reef of Mithapur is home to about 250 diverse marine organisms. Around 350 families earn their livelihoods from direct and indirect dependence on the resources of the reef of Mithapur. The reef of Mithapur also attracts pods of Indian ocean hump-backed dolphins during the colder months every year. The coast of Mithapur is also a nesting site for green sea turtles.
The coast of Mithapur attracts people round the year seeking recreation and livelihoods alike. This coast also attracts people during certain seasons to perform certain religious rituals such as immersion of Ganesh idols. These activities cumulatively account to littering along the coast, often with plastic waste. Ghost nets are also a problem along this coast. Taking the fragile ecosystems of Mithapur such as coral reefs and sand dunes, it is imperative to educate people from coastal communities on the threats posed by plastic pollution on local biodiversity and ultimately effecting the livelihoods of people dependent on these ecosystems.


As an effort to commemorate the World Ocean Day on 8th June, 2019, coastal cleanup activities were conducted with the participation of students from TCL DAV Public School and Mithapur High School on 28th June, 2019 an 6th July, 2019 respectively. Students of these schools come from various walks of life but yet are connected to each other through their relationship with the coast. In view of their connection with the coast through various activities, it is important to impart conservation awareness into the families of these coastal dwellers. Both the events consisted of a small seminar where talks were delivered by Mr. Bhaskar Bhat, Sociologist of IBC and Mr. Satish Trivedi, Asst. Manager of TCSRD, TCL. Field sessions were held during the early hours of the day following the seminar.


Students were briefed about the precautions to be taken while on field and were divided onto groups of 3 students each. The groups of students were then asked to walk in a straight line parallel to the shore so that garbage can be collected in maximum transects, minimizing the chance of missing anything.

50 students from TCDAV Public School and 110 students from Mithapur High School had participated in these events and collected 200 and 300 kg of plastic waste respectively. Each participant was given a participation certificate so as to boost their morale.
18th August 2019
A little birdie arrived from the north bank of Kaziranga National Park as a pretty hatchling. Now small black feathers in her wing are adding beauty to her. This has made caretakers at IBC CWRC hopeful too.

The lone lesser adjutant stork at IBC CWRC, the jointly run wildlife care facility of AFD-IBC and IFD at Panbari RF near Kaziranga National Park, is doing well now. The previous night’s nest-fall due to a thunder-storm in Biswanath Chariali town caught the attention of villagers when they found two hatchling stage birds a backyard. The local people intimated forest authority of Biswanath Division and the two birds were kept at the satellite care facility of IBC CWRC under the observation of Dr Rinku Gohain from AFD IBC on 30th JULY 2019.

Biswajeet Das, Assistant Conservator of Forests of Biswanath division took utmost care the birds. Under his guidance, the birds were admitted at the north-bank field station of IBC for further care.

One of the birds admitted, was in a bad state, with broken legs and wings. It died after a few days, in spite of the department’s best efforts. The one which survived was sent to IBC CWRC for further care on AUGUST 7th, 2019. Dr Gohain also informed us how Dr Sanjib Upadhyaya, a local academician cum wildlife lover did a commendable job in the whole rescue operation.
The bird has spent a month at IBC CWRC now. It is kept in isolation with routine monitoring, health-check-up and proper feeding. The bird was admitted with a weight of 700 gms and now weighs 3kg 50gms. The improvement in health condition and weight gain is visible. The small white baby is now growing new black feathers on her wings and body, which shows the significant growth of the bird under care. “We are hopeful about its overall development and as soon as it’s an adult, we will release her in a suitable habitat.” said Dr Paniit Basumatary, centre veterinarian who is observing the bird.

From nest fall to growing beautiful black feathers, in a span of a month, the staffs at IBC CWRC have developed a close bond the little bird. Now all eyes are eagerly waiting to see her flying in the sky.

Now all eyes are eagerly waiting to see her flying in the sky.
A little birdie arrived from the north bank of Kaziranga National Park as a pretty hatchling. Now small black feathers in her wing are adding beauty to her. This has made caretakers at IBC CWRC hopeful too.

The lone lesser adjutant stork at IBC CWRC, the jointly run wildlife care facility of AFD-IBC and IFD at Panbari RF near Kaziranga National Park, is doing well now. The previous night’s nest-fall due to a thunder-storm in Biswanath Chariali town caught the attention of villagers when they found two hatchling stage birds a backyard. The local people intimated forest authority of Biswanath Division and the two birds were kept at the satellite care facility of IBC CWRC under the observation of Dr Rinku Gohain from AFD IBC on 30th JULY 2019.

Biswajeet Das, Assistant Conservator of Forests of Biswanath division took utmost care the birds. Under his guidance, the birds were admitted at the north-bank field station of IBC for further care.

One of the birds admitted, was in a bad state, with broken legs and wings. It died after a few days, in spite of the department’s best efforts. The one which survived was sent to IBC CWRC for further care on AUGUST 7th, 2019. Dr Gohain also informed us how Dr Sanjib Upadhyaya, a local academician cum wildlife lover did a commendable job in the whole rescue operation.
The bird has spent a month at IBC CWRC now. It is kept in isolation with routine monitoring, health-check-up and proper feeding. The bird was admitted with a weight of 700 gms and now weighs 3kg 50gms. The improvement in health condition and weight gain is visible. The small white baby is now growing new black feathers on her wings and body, which shows the significant growth of the bird under care. “We are hopeful about its overall development and as soon as it’s an adult, we will release her in a suitable habitat.” said Dr Paniit Basumatary, centre veterinarian who is observing the bird.

From nest fall to growing beautiful black feathers, in a span of a month, the staffs at IBC CWRC have developed a close bond the little bird. Now all eyes are eagerly waiting to see her flying in the sky.

Now all eyes are eagerly waiting to see her flying in the sky.
5th July 2019
On the occasion of Earth Day, 22nd April 2019, IBC’s Green Corridor Champions organised celebratory events across the country in their respective States. The mass sensitization programmers involved villagers, teachers, officials, tea estate authorities and other relevant stakeholders and aimed to raise awareness on the importance of conservation of elephants and their habitat.

As an initiative to garner social momentum, the Green Corridor Champions engaged the local communities in a myriad of elephant-themed activities, targeting the areas near the identified elephant corridors. The Earth Day observed celebrations from North-West India to Northern West Bengal to Southern India, all coming together and joining hands to secure ‘Right of Passage’ for the endangered Asian Elephant.
The Corbett Foundation (TCF) in Uttarakhand organised a consultative workshop “Manthan-A sustainable co-existence between man and nature” which addressed elephant conservation awareness and issues pertaining to human-elephant conflict situations. Various challenges in terms of the protection of elephants in the Corbett landscape were highlighted and possible solutions were discussed during the workshop.


Society for Protecting Ophiofauna & Animal Rights (SPOAR) conducted an awareness programme for the tea estate authorities and labour workers from Nepuchapur Tea garden, Northern West Bengal situated in Apalchand-Gorumara elephant corridor. The interaction session and the documentary screening by SPOAR helped spread the message of elephant conservation amongst the tea estate authorities and labour workers. While monitoring the elephant corridors for the presence of elephants and other wildlife movements, Ms Anindita and her team in Northern West Bengal found plastic bags and packages in almost all the elephant dung piles. To address the negative consequences of plastic on elephants and other wildlife in the region, the team planned to organise a plastic cleanliness drive in Rethi river bed.
In Karnataka, A Rocha organised a village level workshop comprising of panchayat members and forest officials targeting the villages adjoining Karadikal-Mahadeshwara elephant corridor, the follow-up measures and actions with regard to Asian elephant conservation were deliberated during this workshop.
Over 450 stakeholders were targeted through the series of sensitization programmes conducted on the occasion of Earth Day, celebrated in collaboration with IBC and with the support from Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) and Stop Poaching Fund (SPF). The people across the country were extremely supportive of the initiative and willfully contributed to support the cause.
IBC is working towards empowering local stakeholders through the formation and deployment of a cadre of Green Corridor Champions (GCCs)-community-based organizations or groups of individuals which work like the eyes, ears, and voice of 101 elephant corridors identified across 11 states of India through IBCs Right of Passage Project.  The Green Corridor Champions not only monitor the elephant corridors but also sensitize, motivate and mobilize local communities, and relevant authorities on the importance of giving Right of Passage to our National Heritage Animal- the Asian elephant and protecting its habitat.





Please do support to creating awareness in this bird conservation of out little initiative meanwhile.. Its just not about fund raising, its about creating awareness as well.

If you have any questions or suggestions please mail us at office@ibcbirds.org

Truly Yours,
TEAM IBCBIRDS
On the occasion of Earth Day, 22nd April 2019, IBC’s Green Corridor Champions organised celebratory events across the country in their respective States. The mass sensitization programmers involved villagers, teachers, officials, tea estate authorities and other relevant stakeholders and aimed to raise awareness on the importance of conservation of elephants and their habitat.

As an initiative to garner social momentum, the Green Corridor Champions engaged the local communities in a myriad of elephant-themed activities, targeting the areas near the identified elephant corridors. The Earth Day observed celebrations from North-West India to Northern West Bengal to Southern India, all coming together and joining hands to secure ‘Right of Passage’ for the endangered Asian Elephant.
The Corbett Foundation (TCF) in Uttarakhand organised a consultative workshop “Manthan-A sustainable co-existence between man and nature” which addressed elephant conservation awareness and issues pertaining to human-elephant conflict situations. Various challenges in terms of the protection of elephants in the Corbett landscape were highlighted and possible solutions were discussed during the workshop.


Society for Protecting Ophiofauna & Animal Rights (SPOAR) conducted an awareness programme for the tea estate authorities and labour workers from Nepuchapur Tea garden, Northern West Bengal situated in Apalchand-Gorumara elephant corridor. The interaction session and the documentary screening by SPOAR helped spread the message of elephant conservation amongst the tea estate authorities and labour workers. While monitoring the elephant corridors for the presence of elephants and other wildlife movements, Ms Anindita and her team in Northern West Bengal found plastic bags and packages in almost all the elephant dung piles. To address the negative consequences of plastic on elephants and other wildlife in the region, the team planned to organise a plastic cleanliness drive in Rethi river bed.
In Karnataka, A Rocha organised a village level workshop comprising of panchayat members and forest officials targeting the villages adjoining Karadikal-Mahadeshwara elephant corridor, the follow-up measures and actions with regard to Asian elephant conservation were deliberated during this workshop.
Over 450 stakeholders were targeted through the series of sensitization programmes conducted on the occasion of Earth Day, celebrated in collaboration with IBC and with the support from Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) and Stop Poaching Fund (SPF). The people across the country were extremely supportive of the initiative and willfully contributed to support the cause.
IBC is working towards empowering local stakeholders through the formation and deployment of a cadre of Green Corridor Champions (GCCs)-community-based organizations or groups of individuals which work like the eyes, ears, and voice of 101 elephant corridors identified across 11 states of India through IBCs Right of Passage Project.  The Green Corridor Champions not only monitor the elephant corridors but also sensitize, motivate and mobilize local communities, and relevant authorities on the importance of giving Right of Passage to our National Heritage Animal- the Asian elephant and protecting its habitat.





Please do support to creating awareness in this bird conservation of out little initiative meanwhile.. Its just not about fund raising, its about creating awareness as well.

If you have any questions or suggestions please mail us at office@ibcbirds.org

Truly Yours,
TEAM IBCBIRDS
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