October Report- Vulture Conservation Program

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 October 2010 period.  This report is the fifth of a series of monthly reports will be made throughout the year. 1.Monitoring of vulture colonies Unfortunately no monitoring of the vulture colonies occurred over October 2010, due to our student volunteers leaving, low staff numbers and other work pressures on existing staff.  We hope to resume monitoring shortly by employing monitoring staff who live locally (i.e. in the villages where...
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September Report- Vulture Conservation Program

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 September 2010 period.  This report is the fourth of a series of monthly reports will be made throughout the year. 1.Monitoring of vulture colonies Ringora Village The Ringora Village Indian White Back Vulture colony was monitored by Irene Glatzle during September. The following tables present a summary of the monitoring work undertaken to date. Unfortunately September is the last month where we have student volunteers monitoring the colony. ...
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August Report- Vulture Conservation Program

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 August 2010 period.  This report is the third of a series of monthly reports will be made throughout the year.  1.Monitoring of vulture colonies Ringora Village   Elsa and Irene continued their monitoring of the Ringora Village colony throughout August, with the exception of a one week break for a trip to the Vulture Breeding Centre in Pinjore (more on this below).  The birds are still head drooping, but this seems to have lessened...
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Coexistence – Humans and Tiger by Dr. Koustubh Sharma

Man-eating can be a genetic or acquired behaviour of tigers and usually a culprit individual can pass this ‘information that humans can be killed’ to its offsprings. However whether a tiger is a maneater or not can be confirmed, sadly, only after a series of events with some pattern. Ideally the culprit should be removed from the population as soon as possible, though it can take ages before getting the right individual. DNA of the tigers can be extracted from its saliva on the victims’ body if collected carefully. A systematic plan needs to be put in where the individual is identified before...
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Tiger Human Conflict, by Sanjay Chimwal

  This is high time for forest officers, villagers and nature lovers at Corbett. In a period of less than one week two ladies have been killed by tiger. In the first incident Smt. Nandi Devi w/o Shri Bhagi Ram resident of Sundarkhal village was attacked and killed on 12th of November. However, in the second incident Smt. Kalpana Devi w/0 Shri Prem Singh resident of Chukum village was attacked and killed by tiger on 18th of November.  The first incident took place at around 10.30 am on 12th November when Smt Nandi Devi was in the forest towards the Corbett’s buffer area to collect Kari patta...
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Conservation workshop at Marchula, by Karan Singh Bhandari

On 27 and 28 November 2010, a community based conservation and angling workshop was held in Marchula, Bandran, hosted by the Himalayan Outback Camp (an angling lodged owned and operated by Mr. Misty Dhillon), and chaired by Mr. Sumantha Ghosh, the founder and president of Society for Mahseer Conservancy. The aim of the workshop was to discuss ways of saving revrine ecosystem and the species dependent on them (with a focus on the Ramganga River and the golden mahseer), and to discuss ways of promoting Uttarakhand as an angling destination. Workshop attendees included representatives of the Forest...
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Divine intervention saves golden mahseer

Anupma Khanna | Dehradun Religion and nature are one, both being delicate manifestations of the same God, it is said. However, it is not very often that one witnesses as powerful a show of the gospel as around the shrines abutting the Ramganga in Uttarakhand; where people’s absolute faith in Hinduism is saving a magnificent life form from getting wiped out forever. In what is remarkable, Hindu temples dotting the river in Pauri and Nainital have become isolated sanctuaries protecting the mighty, but threatened, golden mahseer from ruthless illegal fishing methods by the locals. Mahseer is a...
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The impact of tourism on wild life

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT First of all, On behalf of the Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa, New Delhi, we wish toextend our heartfelt gratitude to Shri Sujit Banerjee, Secretary, Shri Sanjay Kothari,Additional Secretary (T) and Shri Devesh Chaturvedi, ADG (T) Ministry of Tourism,Government of India for giving the opportunity to the institute to conduct the audit/ survey ofhotels, lodges, resorts, camps and guest houses in and around Corbett National Park,Uttarakhand. We take this opportunity to convey our sincere thanks to Shri Rajiv Bhartari, AdditionalSecretary, Tourism, Government of Uttarakhand for...
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July Report – Vulture Conservation Program

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 July 2010 period.  This report is the second of a series of monthly reports will be made throughout the year. 1.      Monitoring of vulture colonies Ringora Village Elsa Legrand was joined by Irena Glatzle in July, allowing them to extend the hours that they spend monitoring at Ringora.  Their monitoring hours are now 5.30am – 8.30am, and 3.00pm – 6.00pm. The birds are still head drooping, but it seems to have lessened with...
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June Report – Vulture Conservation Program

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 June 2010 period.  A series of monthly reports will be made throughout the year. 1.      Monitoring of vulture colonies Ringora Village Elsa Legrand has been monitoring the Ringora Vulture colony over the June period.  Over this time, from the 14 June 2010, it has been noticed that every evening, after the heat of the day, many of the vultures (around 40%) found in the colony are perched in trees with their heads drooped forwards...
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