Black-necked Crane Conservation

Black-necked Crane Conservation

Project Animal(s) : Black-necked Crane
Project Category : Birds
Project Region : Asia
Project Type : Conservation
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Project is timebound? : No

The Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis) is the last discovered of 15 species of cranes in the world. This majestic bird is endemic to the Tibetan Plateau and migrates to lower altitudes, including several areas of Bhutan, in autumn. In Phobjikha Valley, one of the major habitats in Bhutan, the arrival of the cranes signals the end of the harvesting season. The Black-necked Cranes have a sacred identify in Bhutanese culture and often appear in folklore, dances, and historical texts. Since 1987, RSPN has been working to protect and rebuild the population of the Black-necked Cranes.

RSPN aims to continue conservation efforts and habitat protection for the Black-necked Cranes by achieving the following:

  • Carry out reclamation, inventories and establish monitoring systems to enhance Phobjikha wetland ecosystem.
  • Assess the carrying capacity of Phobjikha valley. Initiate mitigation measures for environmentally detrimental plans and activities.
  • Identify scheduled species and habitats using biodiversity surveys and IUCN guidelines.
  • Map the threats for identified species.
  • Design suitable mitigation measures.

Project Agency : Royal Society for Protection of Nature

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