The return of the Forest Owlet

We continue to get inspired by all the wonderful work done by women and men today and every day! 
Featuring Janaki Lenin's Article in Hindu that appeared in the Forest Owlet! Janaki Lenin

The Hindu

March 6, 2021

Tigers and a Tale

How smokeless chulhas and saris-turned-mahua-nets are helping reduce human-tiger conflict in Melghat Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra. Smokeless chulhas, handicraft-making and innovations in collecting mahua flowers have ensured villagers around the Melghat Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra don’t spend too much time deep inside the forest. But their rehabilitation process has come under some fire.

Gaon Connection

January 12, 2021

Women Empowerment Program at Koyna Project gets a boost

WRCS has been training women in handcraft activities related to biodiversity theme. From 25th to 30 August 2019, our product designer team comprising of Arun R, Shubham Singh visited the project area in Koyna and trained the women in making hand-stitched applique on tote bag and laptop bags, painted hornbill pouches, and painted giant squirrel coasters. The training was facilitated by Program Officer Sunil Kale and team. The women have learnt the techniques well and have produced wonderful products.

Tarun Bharat

August 29, 2019

More about Forest Owlet research program from Central India

Since 2005, WRCS has been working  on the ecology and conservation of endangered Forest Owlet and other owls in Central India. Our field -based research has resulted in new insights on the habitat use, foraging, nesting and conservation needs of the Forest Owlet and other co-existing owls in Central Indian Landscape.  

Pune Mirror

January 10, 2019

Increasing Forest Cover in Koyna Region by Parterning with Corporate Sector

Since 2012, WRCS is working in Koyna region in  Western Ghats of Maharashtra  to protect the vital corridor for tiger conservation. Private forest owners are participating in the project to protect the tree cover on their farms. The project is being supported by KPIT, TATA MOTORS and UPS Foundation.

Pune Mirror

December 21, 2018

More News on Elephant Work from North Kanara

WRCS has been training the farmers to take up crop guarding to prevent elephant entry in North Kanara district. Based on the success of our work, Mr. RG Bhatt, DCF Yellapur made a press announcement urging the farmers to install trip alarms  and use chilly smoke to prevent elephant entry in the farms. 

Prabhat Kannada, Yellapur

November 23, 2018

Elephants Ring the Bell before entering the Farms

WRCS is encouraging farmers to secure their farms with trip alarms for an early alert. With the support from VFC and Forest Department, many villages have installed trip alarms as early warning systems and are able to prevent crop loss by elephants. 

Pune Mirror

November 06, 2018

Use of Sounds to Keep Away the Elephants

WRCS and Mr. Girish Ranade from Futura Technologies, an engineering firm in Pune has developed  this ingenious siren to keep away the elephants from their farms. Many farmers are purchasing  such units to keep away the elephants.  

Deccan Herald

October 31, 2018

Hands-on Conservation

Partnering with communities for Wildlife Conservation 

Saevus - Nature Conservation Magazine

June 27, 2018

Corridor for Elephants

Analysis of Human-Elephant conflict in India and the Solutions WRCS offers!

DNA

April 22, 2018

Handling the giants with bees

Its Bees! Bees are the answer to the elephant raids. Comes with other ecological and financial benefits.

Deccan Chronicle

March 25, 2018

Novel ways to reduce crop raids by elephants

Villagers are often the first line of defence against elephants wandering into farmland and settlements, so community-led efforts with traditional methods have come to the forefront.

The WIRE

August 16, 2017

Creative Conservation

Local Communities are the primary stakeholders for conservation of species and landscapes. Through Our "Community Initiative Program", our local women's groups make beautiful hand-crafted products. 

Nature in Focus

May 15, 2017

Karnataka’s Siddis don’t see elephants as their enemy anymore. Here's why

A unique project in Uttara Kannada is training village women to deal with the conflict by linking conservation with the source of their income.

Scroll.in

October 10, 2016

Managing the gentle giants

How farmers and wildlife biologists of WRCS in Karnataka devised a unique method to manage man-animal conflict!

DNA

August 23, 2016

Forest Loss due to Encroachments

"Although the number does not seem big right now, the continuous decrease in forest cover year after year is a cause of concern" - Jayant Kulkarni, Executive Director, WRCS about loss of Forests in the state. 

Times of India

July 15, 2016

Reaching out to the Nagaland Forest Department

Twenty enthusiastic field staff of Nagaland Forest Department traveled for 4 days to participate in Elephant Conflict Management workshop conducted by WRCS in Karnataka. Two batches for two consecutive years!  

Nagaland Post

October 1, 2015

First Record of Forest Owlet From Navapur Range, Nandurbar

Presence of Forest Owlet has been recorded from Toranmal and Taloda ranges of Nandurbar district. In 2015, WRCS team carried out an intensive survey in Nandurbar district and was rewarded with new locations.

Sakal

August 24, 2015

More on Record of Forest Owlet From Betul District

While working on the ecology of Forest Owlet in Khandwa District of Madhya Pradesh, WRCS conducted a survey of Forest Owlet in adjoining Betul District. We were successful in recording it from Betul Forests. 

The HINDU

January 15, 2015

Forest Owlet from Betul Reserved Forests

Our long term work on the Forest Owlet Ecology in Khandwa took a step further with a record of the species from Betul Forests as well. Interesting to note that the species is found manly in teak dominant forests. 

Times of India

January 14, 2015

Simple Ways to Protect the Crops from Elephants

Since 2010, WRCS is training the local farmers of North Kanara District of Karnataka  to participate in the Community-based Conflict Management (CBCM) by using simple and low-cost crop protection methods. 

Bangalore Mirror

December 21, 2014

Ecology of Forest Owlet In Melghat Forests

WRCS has been studying the ecology of Forest Owlet in Khandwa District of Madhya Pradesh. Across the border, in Melghat Forests, there is a good population of Forest Owlet. WRCS will start the first phase of the study here soon. 

Economics Times

November 18, 2013

Giant Squirrels of Bhimashankar

The rusty colored Giant Squirrel or Shekru is the State Animal of Maharashtra. Bhimashankar Sanctuary supports good number of this arboreal mammal. The Local Forest Department carried out a nest count in the area. 

Times of India

August 19, 2013

Maharashtra Western Ghat Forests in Peril

A study on the status and distribution of forests from Northern Western Ghats has revealed that considerable forests are malki or under private holdings and are being diverted for commercial purpose.  

Times Of India

July 29, 2013

Assisting the Forest Guards in Patrolling the Forests

Patrolling the rugged terrain of Melghat, walking through the hills and streams and living the life in forests is a dream for many. WRCS created this opportunity by inviting citizens to help in patrolling the forests in Melghat.

Times of India

Jun 17, 2013

Citizens for Conservation in Melghat

Yet another novel initiative by WRCS, a citizen patrolling program has been organized in Jarida forest range of Melghat Tiger Reserve.  The program received an ovewhelming response from the nature loving citizens of the country. 

Maharashtra Times and Sakal Times

May 15, 2013

Further Study on Forest Owlet in Melghat

Forest Owlet is surviving in isolated populations in the country. There is a population in Melghat Forests as well. WRCS is studying the breeding success of the species and distribution of the species in Melghat. 

Times of India

April 15, 2013

Decline in Forests Birds in Maharashtra Western Ghats

Western Ghats are known to support rich bird diversity. To assess the status of forest and endemic birds, WRCS carried out an intensive survey in the Maharashtra Western Ghats. Forest specialists and endemic species were found in fewer areas.

Times of India

October 23, 2012

Managing the Elephants in Maharashtra

In 2002, a group of elephants from Karnataka reached Kolhapur Forests and have established their home in the region. Maharashtra Forest Department invited WRCS to suggest strategies to manage the uninvited guests in the state. 

Times of India

November 25. 2011

Eco-Sensitive Zones in the State

Although Forests are considered to be a renewable resource, the speed at which they are being diverted for development, there is hardly any scope for its regeneration and renewal. Eco-sensitive zones will help in keeping aside valuable patches of forests. 

Times of India

November 17, 2011

In Search of Giant Squirrel

WRCS carried out a status survey of the Indian Giant Squirrel in Western Ghats of Maharashtra for two years. The survey assessed the occupancy status and the types of threats faced by the species in  surveyed area. 

Times of India

August 11, 2011

More Nests = More Giant Squirrels?

Giant Squirrel make leafy nests on trees for nesting and resting. A squirrel can make one nest or have more than one nest, depending on availability of resources in its range.

Times of India

July 21, 2011

In pursuit of Forest Owlet

Success story of a Two years extensive search of critically endangered Forest owlet and new habitation sites!  

Sakal Times

June 15, 2011

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