Raptor Research & Conservation Foundation

 

Projects funded by RRCF

  1. Breeding Success of Forest Owlet in Melghat Forests, Maharashtra.” Principal Investigator: Dr. Prachi Mehta. Duration 4 years. RRCF will be supporting another long-term study on the Forest Owlet in Central India. This project titled “A Study of Ecological Correlates that Influence Habitat Use, Reproductive Success and Nest-Site Selection by the Forest Owlet in Melghat Landscape, Maharashtra.” is being initiated by the Wildlife Research and Conservation Society (WRCS), Pune in the buffer area of Melghat Forests. Read more….
  2. Conservation Strategies for Securing Endangered White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis and Long-billed Vulture Gyps indicus species in the Tamil Nadu part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve awarded to Dr. Balasundaram Ramakrishnan. Duration of Project is 2 years. Dr. Ramakrishnan will focus on securing the country’s southernmost vulture populations both at the regional and landscape levels, and of course, assessing the sale and usage of diclofenac in the fringe areas of vulture habitats.
  3. Amur Falcon Conservation Programme 2015-2016 & 2014-2015: We continue to support Nagaland Wildlife Biodiversity & Conservation Trust, Nagaland with the various activities including enforcement of hunting ban through high-level support, local community outreach and education through Eco-Clubs & Under-The-Canopy workshops along with adopting a small eco-tourism model. Watch the film on this website.  Amy, the Marathon Bird. Read more…
  4. ‘’Conservation of the Andaman Serpent-eagle Spilornis elgini in the Andaman Islands: Phase – I’’: Awarded to Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), Coimbatore. Principal Investigator: Dr. Shirish S. Manchi. Read more…
  5. “Resource Selection of Black Kites Milvus migrans” awarded to Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. Researcher: Nishant Kumar, MSc. Read more…
  6. A Study of Ecology, Distribution and Demography of the Critically Endangered Forest OwletHeteroglaux blewitti in Burhanpur and Khandwa Forest Divisions, Madhya Pradesh” awarded to Wildlife Research and Conservation Society, Pune. Principal Investigator: Dr. Prachi Mehta. Read more…
    To protect owl nests and their habitats, WRCS have formed owl protection committees comprising of local farmers at the project site in Madhya Pradesh. Prachi is also training women in making handicraft items based on themes about owls. The handicrafts are sold and the proceeds are returned to the committees as an incentive to protect owls. This initiative will help in creating a positive image of owls in people’s mind, and in weaning them away from their superstitious beliefs about these marvellous birds.
  7. Amur Falcon Conservation Project, Nagaland by Nagaland Wildlife & Biodiversity Conservation Trust (NWBCT). STATUS: Project completed. Read project summary
  8. Survey & Ecology of Owls & Owlets at Melghat Tiger Reserve and it’s Adjoining Area, Maharashtra by Dr. Jayant Wadatkar, Wildlife Environment & Conservation Society (WECS), Amravati, Maharashtra. STATUS: Project completed.
  9. A Study of Resource Selection by Black Kites in Urban Landscape of National Capital Region, India by Mr. Nishant Kumar, MSc. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. STATUS: Project completed. Read project summary.
  10. 2. Influence of Habitat Structure & Anthropogenic Disturbance on Diurnal Raptor Community in Rajaji National Park, Dehradun by Ms. Monika Kaushik, MSc. STATUS: Project completed. Poster released at WII Wildlife Research Seminar & Alumni Meet, Dehradun 21 August 2014.