Transfer made in bid to trace journey to Pakistan – the place they suspect birds being hunted
By means of the radio-tags the Wildlife Institute of India needs to seek out out whether or not windmills and transmission strains in Rajasthan and Gujarat are additionally liable for the GIB’s declining numbers. PHOTO: HINDUSTAN TIMES
The Wildlife Institute of India [WII] hooked up radio-tags on two Nice Indian Bustard [GIB] final week, in a bid to trace their journey to Pakistan – the place they think the birds are being hunted.
Utilizing cellular based mostly GPS-chips that transmit knowledge via cellular community and a satellite tv for pc, the WII goals to document and monitor GIB’s flight to the neighbouring nation. They hope to develop a technique to save lots of them being hunted. “With scientific proof in hand, we might have to open diplomatic channels or speak to native NGOs to save lots of the hen in Pakistan,” stated YV Jhala, a senior WII scientist overseeing the one-of-a-variety cross-border initiative.
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An endangered chook, the bustard is discovered alongside the Indo-Pak border in Rajasthan and Gujarat. The GIB migrate to Pakistan’s Sindh province from Kutch in Gujarat and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. The birds’ inhabitants was believed to exceed hundreds till a couple of many years in the past, they have been discovered to be under 200 in 2013 – principally on account of a lack of habitat and searching in Indian states reminiscent of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan.
The Indian setting ministry has initiated a habitat enchancment programme with its first breeding centre quickly to be launched at a park in Jaisalmer. “WII has partnered with Rajasthan forest division and UAE’s Worldwide Bustard Breeding Company , for the conservation breeding centre,” stated Jhala. The centre will take round two years to be full.
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For the GIB, being poached just isn’t the one drawback however flying into windmills and transmission strains additionally provides to their decline. Final week one chook was electrocuted by an influence line in Kanoj Village close to Jaisalmer.
In line with Jhala, “In Rajasthan, aside from the danger of them flying throughout the border, there’s a danger of them hitting electrical energy strains close to windmills within the desert nationwide park the place they’re present in giant quantity.” He stated the satellite tv for pc telemetry will assist them set up fowl diverters on energy strains. “The chook can’t see the facility strains and runs a danger of hitting them,” he added.
This text initially appeared on the Hindustan Times
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