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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.