Kanha Tiger Reserve along with WNC (Wildlife and Nature Conservancy), Indore are pleased to announce the successful completion of 6th Bird survey at KTR. The inaugural session was precided by FD KTR Shri S.K. Singh sir , Joint director Shri Naresh Yadav sir and DD Mr Punit Goyal As always KTR utilizes this diligently generated intelligence base for planning of habitat management and conservation activities. Through citizen partnership and as a token of love and affection we distributed 100 blankets to be used at the choukis. Early Highlights (as data is yet being collected and analysed) are: White throated fantail Yellow bittern Striated swallow Large Tailed Nightjar Emerald dove Orange breasted green pigeon Wildlife & Nature Conservancy, Indore (WNC) would like to thank FD KTR - Sh S K Singh Sir for the generous support as always and the efforts of all the Range officers, Deputy Rangers, Guards, Drivers, Watchmen, Shramiks and the entire staff of Kanha Tiger Reserve cannot be overlooked as they are the real backbone behind logistics and overall support. The volunteers put down some quality hard-work in bringing out the desired result of the Bird Survey and their never-ending love for KTR and dedication for wildlife conservation deserves appreciation. ???????????????????????????????????????? Team WNC, Indore .
2nd Bird Survey at Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve was organised by Forest Department at Sanjay Dubri in collaboration with WNC, Indore from 25th -28th Jan 2024. Enthusiastic birders were ready to explore a new and relatively unchartered habitat. Field director Mr Amit Dubey himself was present during the inaugural event and the interaction between all the birders and forest staff was full of inspiring stories, experiences and expectations. The objective of the survey was to describe the extent of avi-fauna in the tiger reserve during winter season. For this we collected the data from across the park.The reserve forest showed great potential ,species wise considering the time of the year. We hope the resulting data on completion will shed new light on hidden secrets of this untouched and unexplored jungle. A jungle which is magnificent and spectacular to witness as a wildlife enthusiast also shows promises across the landscape for major birding hotspots. WNC, Indore once again feels lucky to contribute to wildlife and habitat management and to compile, process and analyse data for action. This will aid the community to take informed decisions for improving conservation strategies exponentially. Some of the early inputs on the relatively rare findings as far as central Indian landscape is concerned are- Common merganser Pallied harrier Eurassian griffon White capped bunting Black tailed godwit Streak throated woodpecker Indian Skimmer Black capped kingfisher As a token of love, affection and appreciation of the monumental work they do, blankets were distributed to the ground staff from the fees that was deposited by participants for bird survey. The remainder was used to procure kits for the participants. Heartfelt gratitude towards entire staff of SDTR for all the logistic and support during the survey. At last would like to thanks all the volunteers for using their skills, hard work and time in bringing out the desired results of the bird survey. Team WNC, Indore .
We are very happy to release the report of the first Butterfly Survey from Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve. It was a magical experience to scientifically chart the distribution of the winged wonders. Special thanks to the forest department at SDTR and grateful to the guidance and support we continue to receive from Shri Amit Dubey, FD SDTR. He released this report during the inaugural of the second bird survey, and this showcases the liberal efforts on the part of the forest department towards wildlife conservation and engagement of citizen scientists. Enjoy the members of *order Lepidoptera* Regards WNC Indore .
Start of new year with a bird survey in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve What can be better then this... A serene jungle, pristinely beautiful landscape and walking in prime tiger territory. WNC can proudly say that we have successfully conducted 1st bird survey at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve with a generous support from forest dept. at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. We have recorded around 250 species data for which is under scrutiny, and this was despite the bad weather condition for birding. Enthusiasm and hard work of participants brought such a great result on which we can build year on year and season on season Highlights- Red necked grebe White capped bunting Long tailed minivet Blue bearded bee eater Heart spotted woodpecker Banded bay cuckoo Presence of ACS- Mr JN Kansotiya who graced the event with his presence along with FD sir- Mr L L Uikey boosted the sentiment of all the birders. Thanks to DD Prakash Verma sir and all the fores dept. at BTR for their constant support and gracious welcome. We also donated 100 blankets for front-line forest staff directly to them as a token of support. Regards Team Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve Bird Survey .
Team WNC Indore successfully organized a butterfly survey in Badgonda Village near MHOW, The members of team WNC surveyed butterflies of various species and collected their photographs too. 44 species of butterflies were found in the survey, out of which 3 species are new to this area. .
After a long wait With ambiance at its best Shining sun gave us the chance To spot the butterfly's in their mating dance Nature's basket was indeed full of spectacles Winged wonders flying and keeping high their tentacles Heat and humidity gave us a nice tan But then there were some butterfly's of which we were a fan The survey was conducted, the teams were three Badgonda nursery was the location, the entry was free The food was delicious after an exhaustive track Dal pania was the menu with yummy ghee filled cracks Bharta and chutney, along with rabdi was added to the lunch pack By the afternoon we were back in our shacks Approx. 44 species of butterflies were identified. Highlights of the survey- 1.Angled Castor 2.Dark Palm dart 3.white orange tip 4.Psyche At last would like to appreciate the enthusiasm and hard work of all the participants and valuable support from the forest dept. Team WNC .
WNC organised a wildlife photography exhibition in Indore on 29 & 30 July 2023. Shri Shankar Lalwani Ji, Honourable member of Parliament from Indore, joined the event during the inauguration and graced us with his presence and support. The exhibition showcased stories from the wild in the form of images. These stories by WNC members were from across the country. These images covered various species displaying the immense diversity we possess in our country. Indorians, many of whom were new to the field of wildlife conservation, of all ages interacted & learned about the need to conserve the nature. Along with this they were introduced to the value addition done by our welfare and conservation activities. This exhibition was a visual means to spread awareness and recreate a sense of connection with the nature. We thank all our supporters who help us protect and conserve our bio-heritage. .
On 5th March 2023, WNC, Indore organized a cycle rally to observe the World Wildlife Day that was on 3rd. The cycle rally had one motive, to create awareness among citizens of Indore towards the wildlife, its importance and also to try to connect them to the nature. The rally route had one crucial stop-over, "the Indore Zoo". The zoological garden in Indore is a very well developed one and we Indorians are very proud of how it has slowly shaped up. People took great interest, and a small briefing session was held inside the zoo during that stop over. This was addressed by our chairperson Mr. Anil Nagar. He explained the theme of wildlife day and added wisdom to the concept of collaboration for conservation with anecdotes from his experiences as an ex-officer himself. The rally then went off to cross the city and reached Rajwada to honor and remember Devi Ahilyabai Holkar. After paying off our respect, we went on to enjoy our Indori spirit with "poha and jalebi". All in all a good way to create awareness. .
We are pleased to share that, 1st Summer Bird Survey has successfully been conducted at Pench Tiger Reserve in collaboration with WNC from 12th -15th May 2022. 54 volunteers from across India participated in this survey. The aim was to identify, map & report the different species of birds and their frequency of sighting during the summer season at Pench. The rationale of this program is to document and make the data more robust by collecting the species of birds found in all different weather conditions. During the inaugural session 1st Pench Bird Winter Bird Survey Report was also released by the Field director Sh Ashok Kumar Mishra Sir. In the winter survey 251 species of birds were recorded at Pench Tiger Reserve. Highlights of the Summer survey so far have been - Amur falcon Banded Bay cuckoo Indian Pitta Indian Scimitar babbler Red avadavat Common hawk cuckoo Indian cuckoo Fork tailed drongo cuckoo Brown fish owl For the survey each participant was provided with a trail kit. This kit was packed keeping in mind the scorching heat and weather conditions at Pench. We must say that every Participant was filled with courage ,enthusiasm and the love for the nature and that nothing could stop them from birding even in such harsh conditions. As a gesture of good faith the participants donated torch at Pench tiger reserve. These will be distributed to the grass-root level forest workers. Wildlife & Nature Conservancy, Indore (WNC) would like to thank FD Pench - Sh Ashok Mishra Sir who took great interest and guided us for planning and execution of this 1st Summer survey with his vast experience & DD Pench - Sh. Rajnish Singh who is the driving force behind the success and execution of the survey in smooth manner. Heart felt gratitude towards all the Range officers, Deputy Rangers, Guards, Drivers, Chowkidaars, Shramiks and the entire staff of Pench Tiger Reserve for all the logistics and support during the survey. Last but not the least a Big Thanks to all the volunteers for using their skills and hard-work in bringing out the desired result of the Bird Survey. .
Finally announcing the winners of the event "Bagh Sakha" organized by WNC (wildlife and nature conservancy, Indore) in coordination with MPTFS. A small brief about the judge: Shri Shriram Jog An artist par excellence. He has not only been one of the iconic amateur theater artists but also has the experience of hosting 2 collage exhibitions nationally( Jahangir art Gallery) He has been a part of Natya Bharti - one of the very first theater groups in Indore post-independence. He not only is an experienced actor-director but also has the uncanny ability to design the stages for plays & art-related functions. He was also featured in the movie " Padman" and many more. The winners of the competition are- 1st prize- Mahi Agrawal 2nd -Anirudha Bhati 3rd- Shubhangana Kanthed Consolation prizes- Shubra Pavecha Purab Sachdev Zainab Bootwala.
Finally announcing the winners of the event "Bagh Sakha" organized by WNC (wildlife and nature conservancy, Indore) in coordination with MPTFS. A small brief about the judge: Shri Shriram Jog An artist par excellence. He has not only been one of the iconic amateur theater artists but also has the experience of hosting 2 collage exhibitions nationally( Jahangir art Gallery) He has been a part of Natya Bharti - one of the very first theater groups in Indore post-independence. He not only is an experienced actor-director but also has the uncanny ability to design the stages for plays & art-related functions. He was also featured in the movie" Padman" and many more. The winners of the competition are- 1st prize- Shounak Handiekar 2nd -Rahil Borasi 3rd- Abhijeet Patil Consolation Prizes: Pratiksha Dhande Kinsey Mangal Sanskar Jain .
Team WNC once again successfully conducted plantation at Baroda- Daulat on 18th July 2021. Following the covid norms, limited no. of members were invited for plantation. Tree guards were put to ensure that plants do not get destroyed by grazing animals and other threats. Local villagers and children passionately took part in this event and it was amazing to see their commitment to safeguarding this sapling & has taken the responsibility to nurture and help it grow. Trees like banyan, Peepal, Jamun, Neem were planted with heights of above 12 ft. So finally we are sure that with the support of villagers our saplings will grow into beautiful trees that will benefit our future generation... Team WNC .
2nd Kanha Bird Survey was organised by Kanha Tiger Reserve in collaboration with WNC, Indore from 18th to 21st February 2021. Around 85 birders from 11 different states got an opportunity to identify and report birds in prestine beauty and wilderness. We are expecting more than 250 species of birds to be reported this time,among which some species are a totally new reporting. The rare sightings were -Himalayan Ruby throat,Fire capped tit, Bar winged flycatcher shrike,Brown cheeked fulvetta, Himalayan vulture, Griffon vulture ,Velvet fronted nuthatch,White rump shama, Scarlet Minivet, White throated fantail etc. Each participant was supplied with medical kit, and trail kit. As a gesture of good faith the participants donated 100 blankets at Kanha Tiger Reserve to be used by the grass-root level forest workers. We are very grateful to the field director Shri SK Singh,Mr Naresh Yadav (DD buffer), Mr. Sudhir Mishra (AD KTR), Mr. Sunil Sinha (AD buffer) and all the forest department for their support and guidance to make this a fruitfull eventt. .
"Nature walk and bird watching at Baroda Daulat"- what else could be a better way to welcome New Year. WNC organized a Nature walk and birding at Baroda Daulat on 3/1/2021 with an aim to inculcate love and awareness towards nature, among the younger generation. Nature walks develop observational skills, helps cultivating curiosity in our children which lays a strong foundation for the rest of their learning journey. Children were briefed about various species of birds, their habitats, and the importance of their conservation and tried to connect them with nature. Children were awarded certificates of appreciation for their participation by our Chairperson Mr. Anil Nagar. Total- 65 species observed Highlights- Eurasian wryneck White wagtail Greater Spotted eagle Marsh harrier Spotted owlet Sarus crane family Knob billed duck Purple heron Lesser whitethroat Red avadavat .
On 5th july 2020 wildlife and nature conservancy indore conducted plantation drive at the campus of Asia's largest automotive test track - 'NATRAX'. All the members got an opportunity to know about the Natrax through the presentation given by the director of Natrax - Dr N Karuppya. Plantation drive was spearheaded by Dr.N Karuppya and WNC Chairperson Mr Anil Nagar with the first sapling. This was followed by all the WNC members planting a few each. We are going to plant 1000 saplings. In first Phase we started with plantation of 225 sapplings. Plant selection and quality of soil was done under the supervision of our member Mr BS Saraswat (horticulture expert) and Mr Dinesh Gawali. Amaltas, Gulmohar, Jamun, Lasoda, Bohiniya, Karanj, Baheda and Kusum etc were the different varities of saplings that were selected for afforestation. With time this afforested area will provide clean and breathable air for generations to come. Also it will help rehabitate the flora and fauna of nearby area and migrants as well. Plantation was done following the covid 19 protocols. .
Every species is better alive than dead be it of Humans or Animals or Birds or Trees. Everything is for us all the Earth, the Water & the Breeze. Theme: "Sustaining all lives on Earth" We know the importance of life and the need to conserve our environment & wildlife. On the occasion of World Wildlife Day i.e. 3rd March 2020, WNC (WILDLIFE & NATURE CONSERVATION) in association with Cyclo Freaks organised a Cycle Ride on 1st March 2020. This was our effort to raise awareness. A small session was also held at Indore Zoo where Mr. TS Suliya (DFO Indore ), Mr. Anil Nagar (Rtd.IFS), Mr. Sandeep Gautam (SDO Indore) briefed the participants and also explained how we can carry this message forward and aware others about this cause. We at WNC would like to thank Dr. Uttam Yadav who gave us permission to include Zoo as a crucial part of our rally. This added both nature, wildlife, colours & beauty to our cause. The rally ended by paying respect and gratitude to the legendary Devi Ahilyabai Holkar through a floral tribute. Every species is better alive than dead be it of Humans or Animals or Birds or Trees. Everything is for us all the Earth, the Water & the Breeze. Theme: "Sustaining all lives on Earth" We know the importance of life and the need to conserve our environment & wildlife. On the occasion of World Wildlife Day i.e. 3rd March 2020, WNC (WILDLIFE & NATURE CONSERVATION) in association with Cyclo Freaks organized a Cycle Ride on 1st March 2020. This was our effort to raise awareness. A small session was also held at Indore Zoo where Mr. TS Suliya (DFO Indore ), Mr. Anil Nagar (Rtd.IFS), Mr. Sandeep Gautam (SDO Indore) briefed the participants and also explained how we can carry this message forward and aware others about this cause. We at WNC would like to thank Dr. Uttam Yadav who gave us permission to include Zoo as a crucial part of our rally. This added both nature, wildlife, colours & beauty to our cause. The rally ended by paying respect and gratitude to the legendary Devi Ahilyabai Holkar through a floral tribute. .
3rd Satpura Bird Survey was organised by Satpura Tiger Reserve in collaboration with WNC, Indore from 6th to 9th february 2020. Around 90 birders got an opportunity to identify and report birds in prestine beauty and wilderness. We are expecting more than 250 species of birds to be reported this time,among which some species are a totally new reporting. The rare sightings were -black eagle, bar winged flycatcher shrike, spotted treecreeper, brown cheeked fulvetta, tickell's leaf warbler. Due to heavy rains and availability of water in almost whole of central india the winter migratory birds are late and less in both numbers and diversity. Still the observed species were- bar headed goose, ruddy shelduck, ultramarine flycatcher,common teal,red crested pochard. Each participant was supplied with medical kit, trail kit and blankets. As a gesture of good faith the participants donated the blankets at their respective base camps to be used by the grassroot level forest workers. We are very gratefull to the field director Shri SK Singh, Mr RS Bhadoria(assistant director STR) and all the forest department for their support and guidance to make this a fruitfull event. .
On 19th Jan 2020 we will conduct CBMP Winter Bird Survey at Baroda Daulat & Kajligarh. The meeting point will be Bangali Square, Indore, Timing is 6.15 am. Survey timing will be 7 am. to 9.30 am .