January Report – Vulture Conservation Program

Vulture Conservation Program

Awareness and Monitoring

January 2011 Report

1 June 2010 was the official start of Mahseer Conservancy’s 2010 – 2011 Vulture Programme.  The following report is a summary of the work undertaken during the month of January 2011.  This report is eight of a series of monthly reports made throughout the year.

1.Monitoring of Vulture Colonies

Unfortunately no monitoring of the vulture colonies occurred in January 2011.  Casual visits to Ringora Village, however, has shown that the birds are still in good numbers (we counted 21 on a recent visit), we saw them soaring in the sky. Along with the White Backed Vultures, Red Headed Vultures were also seen.

Monitoring has started from February 1, 2011 in Ringora and Tumeria Colonies.

2.Ban of ‘over the counter’ sale of Diclofenac

A few experts have started working towards over the counter sales of Diclofenac and they have promised us on speaking to the concerned people on the ban of the distribution and sale of Diclofenac in Uttarakhand.

3. Diclofenac Presence Survey

Our field staff covered a large area in the month of January.  Their coverage has been summarised below:

The following villages were covered:

  • Bhiyalgaon
  • Kilor
  • Sural-Gaon
  • Malli-Sinoli
  • Ticoori
  • Goyoti
  • Kool
  • Chopra
  • Harinagar
  • Peora
  • Shtoli
  • Garh Goan
  • Nathuwakhan
  • Sood
  • Simrad (DOL)
  • Badayt
  • Daylkuna
  • Simayal
  • Dhimer Khera
  • Kaloni
  • Ahmed Nagar Kaloni
  • Khanpur
  • Behra Vajeer
  • Khanpur Neher
  • Dhani
  • Dera
  • Batvara
  • Khempur
  • Shegliganj
  • Roshanpur
  • Masewala Roshanpur
  • Palkachor
  • Mazragumani Nandpur
  • Dayarampur
  • Maidaiyaa
  • Jasaa Ganja
  • Chainpuri                                                                         Umedpur
  • Chand Colony                                                                Ratanpur
  • Bisouta                                                                             Dariyanath
  • Diyouri                                                                            Jhancat
  • Pratappur                                                                       Pattibazar
  • Vanushi                                                                           Vanusa
  • Bara Bhuriya                                                                  Fulaiya
  • Sarashariya                                                                    Gidhour
  • Dia                                                                                     Bhagtpur Madiyal
  • Basai                                                                                 Bhagatpur Tadiyal
  • Devipura                                                                         Hathidagar
  • Narsinghpur                                                                  Bansiteela Manorathpur
  • Dharampur                                                                     Bansiteela Lalupur
  • Gumanpur                                                                       Bansiteela Devipur
  • Rooppur                                                                           Bhawanipur Khulvey
  • Motipur                                                                            Bhawanipur

Table 1: Summary of Diclofenac Awareness Survey

June July August September October November December January
Number of interviews 6 7 9 7 693 841 778 3171
Number of people present 35 42 34+ 29 1713 2057 1761 6132
Total no. of livestock 55 202 311 88 3063 4472 3434 13259
Number heard of Diclofenac 2 4 3 6 48 103 88 226
Number that use medical treatment 6 2 5 3 676 806 753 2481
Number that have used Diclofenac 1 1 2 1 6 20 2 5
Number that have heard of Meloxicam 0 0 1 1 7 10 4 256
Percentage of interviewees using Diclofenac 16% 14% 22% 14% 0.8% 2% 0.26% 0.2%

January Survey shows a marked increase both in the no of people covered as well as the no of interviews

conducted. There is a 4 times increase in life – stock population. It also shows a fair no of cattle falling sick

and receiving medical aid but the % of Diclofenac usage seems to be quite low (which is quite peculiar)

but again there seems to be a small no of people who have heard of Meloxicam.

Table 2: Summary of Diclofenac Users

Village No.


No. of


Purchased from? Cost (INR) Period of usage Heard of Meloxicam Aware of vulture decline Aware of cause Disposal of carcass
Patti Bazar 8 2 No Comment No No No Bury
Bansiteela Devipur 1 7 Vet First Time No Yes No Bury
Bhawanipur Khulvey 1 6 Dairy First Time No Yes No Thrown in forest
Dera 2 1 Vet No Yes No Throw in forest
Malli Sinoli 5 4 Vet No Yes No Throw in forest

Diclofenac was found in five different locations (as can be seen in Table 2). Here the Vet has provided the Villager’s with Diclofenac. Two are first time users and the others didn’t comment on the usage of Diclofenac. It is concerning that many people are aware of the vultures decline but they are not aware of Diclofenac being one of the major causes.  In terms of disposal the Diclofenac user seems to be throwing the carcass into the forest as well as burying it. There has to be an increase in the awareness of Meloxicam as a safe alternative drug though the statistics seems to be better than last month’s awareness campaigns and survey’s.

3.Other meetings

We met our field staff on 1st Feb, after they joined us from January 1, 2011. We also met Mr. Abhishek an Eye Specialist who promised to help us in whatever way he can to reduce the usage and supply of Diclofenac.

4.Changes in the team


5.Overall January Progress

January looked like a good month for this campaign and it seemed much better than December.

6.February Plans

  • Continuation of the Diclofenac awareness and survey work including Vulture Monitoring (which has re – started in Ringora & Tumeria)
  • Discussions with the Panchayat (Local Bodies) during their meeting (in Feb) whereby we can make and implement new plans on increasing local awareness on Diclofenac.
  • Diclofenac Awareness Campaign in Nainital along with Presentation and Movie.

7. Project Vulture (Team)

  • Sumantha Ghosh: President of Mahseer Conservancy and local naturalist with many years experience in the Corbett area.
  • Nicola Addison: Project Vulture field co-ordinator and ecologist with experience working with New Zealand birds of prey.
  • Hem Bahuguna: Field Support, head of the safari team at Tiger Camp, qualified Park guide, and naturalist with many years experience in the Corbett Area.
  • Dr. Rajeev Singh: Local veterinary officer of Ramnagar provides a vital link to the veterinary and farming community.
  • Mr. U C Tiwari: Corbett National Park, Park Warden, instrumental in involving the forest department in the vulture program.

  • Narendar Singh: Has been working with Mahseer Conservancy for many years, and is now heavily involved in the Vulture Program, particularly as liaison to our field staff.
  • Deewan Singh: Is largely employed as a safari driver, but is also becoming more involved in the vulture campaign.  He is present at most of the external events that are held.
  • Karan Bhandari: A recent part of the Vulture family. He is Webmaster for Mahseer Conservancy.
  • Kamal Chhimwal: A new member of our Vulture family, who does most of the Field Visits, interacts with the Local Community and helps to make more and more people aware of the Diclofenac and Vulture relation.
  • Hetal Barai: She has also joined as Director, Community Initiatives.

January 2011 (New Field Team)

  • Pushpa Pandey: She is from Khatima. She has a work of 5 yrs in another N.G.O. She is covering Block Khatima.
  • Pyarelal: He is from Gadarpur. He is a para – vet. He has a work experience of 2 yrs. He is covering Gadarpur Block.
  • Bhuvan Chand: He is from Ramgarh. He has a work experience of 2 yrs in another N.G.O. He is covering Ramgarh Block.
  • Mohan Singh: He is from Kundeshwari. He is a fresher. He is covering Kashipur Block.

Appendix One – Distribution Map of Awareness Work January 2011

The medium dots in (yellow) show the area of survey for the month of January. The other dots are for the past few months.

The map above shows Khatima, Gadarpur and Ramgarh area. This area is not shown in the previous map given above. The villages covered are marked in red dots.

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