As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday 18 December 2014

Forest department commits to save rare species

NASHIK: Efforts are being made to conserve the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard, known to have been spotted two years ago near Pimpalgaon, about 30 km from Nashik city. 

The forest department, along with the Nature Conservation Society of Nashik (NCSN), organized a seminar on the rare species on Thursday. Pramod Patil, a medical practitioner from the Bharat Natural History Society (BNHS), Mumbai, who studied and surveyed the bird in Solapur and is an expert on the Great Indian Bustard, spoke at the event and informed the staff of the forest department and the environment activists about the bird and its current status. 

As part of its preparations to conserve the species, the forest department, with the aid of the bird activists, will soon be conducting a survey of the grasslands where the near-extinct bird, also called 'Maldhok' in Marathi, was spotted two years ago. 

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