8th Annual vulture survey completed

11 June, 2012 (Kathmandu)- Annual highway transect survey of vultures across Terai lowland  following East West highway covering 1010 km from Kakarvitta in Jhapa to Gaddachowki of Kanchanpur has been recently completed. The survey is supported by Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Nepal and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), UK. The current survey observed 43 oriental white backed vultures. Around 205 vultures were observed in the first survey in 2002 but the numbers had declined to 55 by 2009. Conservationists today are claiming that the population of oriental white backed vulture has stabilized in western Nepal since 2009. Recent publication on population trend of vultures in Nepal show annual decline of 14% lower than the rate of decline in India and Pakistan.

 

The survey was conducted during May ina vehicle driven at a rate of 20 Km/h. This survey identifies and records all vultures sighted within 1000m of either side of the road. In addition to east-west highway, the team also surveyed the mountain routes of Palpa- Gulmi-Arghakhanchi-Pyuthan,  Doti- Dadeldhura- Baitadi- Darchula and Dang-Salyan-Rolpa.

 

Since the launch of the Vulture Conservation Action Plan by Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation in 2009, BCN has helped to implement it across western Terai through community-based approach,’ explains Dr. Hum Gurung, Chief Executive Officer of BCN. Vulture conservation work in Nepal has been highlighted worldwide after the establishment of local community managed Vulture Safe Zones which is now extended in 18 districts covering areas of 32,657 square kilometers with the support of local government authorities and BCN.

 

South Asia’s vulture population has crashed dramatically since 1990s. The Oriental white-backed vulture has declined by 99.9% in India over a period of 15 years. Monitoring of vultures in Nepal till 2011 indicates 91% decline in vulture population. Five of the nine species of vultures found in Nepal are in danger of disappearing from the planet. Widespread veterinary use of diclofenac, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), is the main cause behind the decline. While the research results show sign of optimism, scientists warn that three species of vultures are still critically endangered and diclofenac is still killing vultures across South Asia despite a ban in Nepal, India and Pakistan in 2006.

 

List of donors

  • Koshi Tappu Bird Watching Camp Pvt , Sunsari - Rs. 500
  • Vimal Thapa - Rs. 1000
  • Rajendra Gurung - Rs. 1000
  • BCN Pokhara Branch , Pokhara Street Festival - Rs. 632
  • Bhuwan Mani Sharma , IOF, Pokhara - Rs. 100
  • Keshav Ghimire , IOF, Pokhara - Rs. 100
  • Sonam Tashi Lama , Yamphudin-3, Taplejung - Rs. 100
  • World Migratory Bird Day 2013 - Rs. 3300
  • Rainor Stoll , birdingtours GmbH, Germany - Rs. 25,323
  • Abinash Nepali , Germany - Rs. 1500
  • Carolline Forell , USA - Rs. 150
  • Charles Patton and Leslie Harris , USA - Rs. 150
  • Toby Wheeler , USA - Rs. 330
  • Rajendra Gurung (Patron, BCN) , Kapan - Rs. 2500
  • Reliance Public School(Student from grade 3 to 5) , Kapan - Rs. 365
  • Samir Maharjan - Rs. 500
  • International Vulture Awareness Day 2011 - Rs. 2300
  • Deepak Adhikari - Rs. 500
  • Anand Chaudhary - Rs. 1275
  • Dr. Hum Bahadur Gurung - Rs. 250
  • Butch Lama - Rs. 700
  • Sarah Piper - Rs. 2000
  • Charles W. Norris Brown - Rs. 300
  • Puja Gurung - Rs. 466
  • Surya Prakash Tiwari - Rs. 200
  • Ramesh K Pariyar - Rs. 500
  • Shree Namuna Mahendra Sec. School - Rs. 902
  • Bright Star Worker's Higher Secondary School - Rs. 510
  • Shree Bolambu Secondary School - Rs. 1055
  • Apollo Int'l School - Rs. 500
  • Shree Chandi Bhairav Secondary School - Rs. 843
  • Amar Jyoti Sec. School - Rs. 730
  • Shree Chandrika Devi Secondary School - Rs. 501
  • David Fiddell - Rs. 500
  • Local people from Sikles Village , Kaski - Rs. 4223
  • PABSON Programme , Surkhet - Rs. 3000
  • Children's Paradise Boarding School , Surkhet - Rs. 2000
  • Leknath Festival , Kaski - Rs. 2500
  • Amar Singh High School , Pokhara - Rs. 1660
  • United Academy , Pokhara - Rs. 1035
  • Suryodaya Boarding School , Pokhara - Rs. 1000
  • Narayanjan Secondary School , Mache Gaun - Rs. 891
  • Shree Baghbhairav Secondary School , Kirtipur - Rs. 1035
  • Green Village Education Foundation , Kirtipur - Rs. 500
  • Program at Dhanding , test@test.com - Rs. 1500
  • Evergreen Higher Secondary School , Sankhu - Rs. 1500
  • Shree Bajrayogini Secondary School , Sankhu - Rs. 2800
  • Serene Hill Secondary English School , Sankhu - Rs. 953
  • Nuwakot Festival - Rs. 2000
  • Exhibition (Climate Change) at Basantapur - Rs. 547
  • BCN Day Celebration - Rs. 645
  • 9th street exhibition and public awareness campaign - Rs. 766