Vulture Estimation - 2013
Vulture Population Estimation-2013 Report
Regular Vulture Population Estimation at Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR) started in 2010. Within the PTR we had only local manpower to do it that is totally untrained to perform a purely technical job. Then we trained our local staff to identify in their own way and they counted the vultures as Lal sir (Red Headed), Pila chonch (Yellow Beaked) and Kali chonch (Black Beaked) vultures in 2010. The survey was very crude. After doing this exercise the figures that were arrived at were, more than 600 in 2010. This initial exercise gave a glimpse of the vulture holding potential of Panna’s landscape. As such Panna landscape is very suitable for vultures with so many gorges and rock cliffs with ledges that can habit vultures in good numbers. Winters added more migratory vultures to the existing numbers of residential vultures. To assess the real vulture potential by arriving at right numbers, park had to overcome the shortcoming of knowledgeable manpower in good numbers. Any such exercise in the vast landscape needs a minimum of 100 volunteers who know this business. Thus application of PPP (Public People Participation) model of Vulture Population Estimation was picked up. Therefore we planned a better estimation with the help of better equipped knowledgeable birders outside the system. Thus from the year 2010 Panna Management came out with the Idea of PPP model of Vulture Population Estimation. In this model, Park invites volunteer’s participation through advertisements. Participants should have basic minimum knowledge of identifying the birds. They have to take up the cost of coming to panna and back. Once the participants are at Panna (after their selection) Park Management takes care of their stay in the park during the period of vulture population estimation. Vulture identification spots are identified before hand by the management. Orientation and field identification camp gets conducted on the day of arrival. Participants are sent to those spots in twos or threes, where they have to spend 3-6 days counting the birds along with observing the live nests and other vulture behavior. The data collected by the volunteers is used to come up with reasonable figures of various vulture species. Besides volunteers insitu tourist guides with PTR are also participating in the process for last four years. Thus this model is working very well at Panna Tiger Reserve.
Vulture Population Estimation 2013 Process:
Over last two years it was felt that over all three day period of vulture count is not sufficient to get quality data. Some of the participants were found to be new to birding. Even then the park wanted to encourage the new comers. Hence the Vulture Population Estimation process was divided into two phases. A better birding knowledge criterion was applied in the selection of participants who participated during the entire period. Participants with some lower level of birding ability were selected for only Phase II. Through this process park management tried out the phasing of the entire process. The process lasted for six days for the Phase I and II participants where as it is three days for only Phase II participants. This time in all 112 applications were received from ten states of which 94 were selected after screening. Of the selected 94, 42 applicants participated from seven states including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Bihar, Maharashtra and New Delhi. 16 guides were inducted into the process from the park side. Thus total participation on the ground is 62 individuals. Total sites considered this time for vulture population estimation is 42. Temperatures shot up dramatically two days before the process and we anticipate this change in climate is going to affect the outcome with respect to numbers of migratory vultures.
Out Come over the years:
Improvements this year:
Formal concluding function of Vulture Population Estimation 2013 was organized at Hinauta between 1700-1830 hrs. Shri. S.K. Mandal, CCF, Chattarpur was Chairperson and Shri. Pankaj Shrivastav, IG Sagar was the chief guest of the function. After unveiling of memento were the participation certificates and memento were distributed to participants. All the participants hailed the process and wanted that the exercise need to be continued every year. Chief guest and Chairperson addressed the gathering. Shri. Anil Maheswari, SP Panna, Shri, Kindo, GM, NMDC, Shri, Lokendra Singh, EX MP and EX MLA, Panna and Shri, Hanumat Singh, Wildlife Advisory Board Member were present. Field Directot presented the report of the VUlture Population Estimation 2013.
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