07 Apr 2019

The eleventh International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) celebrated by organizing a week long various awareness/advocacy program in the first week of September 2019. The first Saturday in September each year is International Vulture Awareness Day and this year it was on 7th September.

Bird Conservation Nepal partnered with different local collaborative organizations to organize these awareness raising programs such as Vulture Festival in Vulture Safe Feeding Sites, Local cultural song and dance performance regarding vulture conservation, stake holder interaction, trans boundary dialogue, community awareness, school awareness, poem and drawing competitions, mass rally, photo exhibition, vulture watching and identification in the vulture range districts of Nepal. In the occasion of 11th IVAD, this year we have been counted vultures in their potential nesting, roosting and feeding sites of about 62 places of 36 districts in Nepal.  This vulture count event is really fruitful on aware, advocacy and mobilization community as well stakeholders with the basic idea about the numbers of resident vulture species in Nepal said Krishna Prasad Bhusal, Vulture Conservation Program Officer. People's active participation has led to the success of the event which is amply illustrated by wider media coverage. Vultures are an ecologically vital group of birds that face a range of threats in many areas that they occur.

The detail of IVAD celebration events is below: -

S.N, Location, IVAD Activities, Collaborative Partner

1., Sauraha, Chitwan and Gadhi Siraichuli IBA, Bird watching, stakeholder Interaction and school students awareness, Bird Education Society (BES), Chitwan

2., Madhyabindu, Nawalparasi, Students drawing competition on Vulture and Nature, Kumarwarti Secondary School/ Tours Foundation

3., Pithauli, Nawalparasi, Nature Guide and Stakeholder exposure visit to Vulture Safe Feeding Site and Release Site in Pithauli, Jatayu Restaurant Management Committee, Pithauli

4., Dumkibans, Nawalparasi, Vulture Count and Community Awareness, Vulture Conservation Movement Network

5., Lumbini, Rupandehi, Mass rally, Bird Watching in wetland area and Interaction with stakeholders, Green Youth of Lumbini, Nepal

6., Gaidatal, Rupandehi, Interaction with stakeholders, communities and school students, Jatayu Restaurant Management Committee, Gaidatal

7., Rajapani, Kapilvastu, Vulture Count and Interaction with stakeholders and community, Rajapani Community Forest Kapilvastu

8., Lalmatiya, Dang, Mass rally, Interaction with stakeholders, Jatayu Restaurant Management Committee, Lalamatiya

9., Rampur, Dang, Interaction with stakeholders and nesting site community awareness, Environmental Sustainable Development and Research Center(ESDRC), Dang

10., Banke National Park, Banke, Stakeholder Interactions, Environmental and Rural Development Center (ENRUDEC), Banke

11., Thakurdwara and Khairapur Bardiya, Interaction with stakeholder and school/community awareness with vulture count, Bardiya Nature Conservation Club (BNCC)

12., Khutiya, Kailali, Interaction with stakeholders and Vulture Count, Samaji Community Forest, Khutiya, Kailali

13., Shuklaphanta National Park, Kanchanpur, Stakeholder interactions and community awareness, Nature Guide Association Shuklaphanta (NGAS), Kanchanpur

14., Argha, Arghakhanchi, school and community awareness, Garta Khahare, Khahare Khola Community Forest, and Garlam Government Forest,  Argha



15., Tamghas, Gulmi, Interaction with stakeholders, Community awareness, School Awareness, Nawa Jana Bikash Yuva Pariwar 16., Madane, Gulmi, Students essay competition and community awareness, Madane Protected Forest committee

17., Madanpokhara, Palpa, Community awareness, Interaction with stakeholder and essay  competition among students, Adheri Chharchhare Community Forest, Madanpokhara, Palpa

18., Pokhara, Kaski, Vulture Photo Exhibition, school awareness and vulture count in six different locations, Pokhara Bird Society (PBS) and BCN Pokhara branch

19., Ghachok, Kaski, Community awareness, school awareness and stakeholders interaction, Jatayu Restaurant Management Committee, Ghachok, Kaski

20., Damauli, Tanahu, Community interaction and vulture count, Pokhara Bird Society (PBS) and BCN Pokhara branch

21., Bhimdhunga, Kathmandu, Bird watching and awareness, Bird Conservation Nepal

22, Central Zoo, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, Vulture Information Display in vulture aviary and interaction with visitors, Bird Conservation Nepal and NTNC Central Zoo

23, Reliance Public School, Budhanilakantha, Kathmandu, Student awareness program and vulture documentary show, Bird Conservation Nepal

24, Gyandeep secondary boarding school Sanepa, Lalitpur , Student awareness program and vulture documentary show, Bird Conservation Nepal

25, Malekhu Dhading, Interaction with journalist with presentation on Wildlife News Reporting: Gaps and way forward, Benighat Rorang Rural Municipality, Journalist forum for environment, tourism and energy and Bird Conservation Nepal

26, Kiranchok, Gajuri, Dhading, School and community awareness with field visit to Asian Woolly neck nesting site, Gajuri Rural Municipality, Journalist forum for environment, tourism and energy and Bird Conservation Nepal

27., AFU Hetauda, Makawanpur, Talk program on vulture conservation in Nepal and students awareness, AFU and BCN members group

28, Jaljala, Parbat, Community awareness and vulture watch, Natural Resource Conservation Organization, Parbat

29, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, Stakeholder/community awareness and vulture count, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, Koshi Tappu Birdwatching Camp