Linear intrusions in forest areas are a major threat to wildlife. 2 National Highways cake cut the pristine Bandipur Tiger Reserve (NH 67 and 212) was closed for vehicular traffic at night (9.00 pm to 6.00 am) because road kills (2004-2007) were “higher than poaching”. 91 mammals from 14 different species, 75 birds of 18 species and 56 reptiles of 16 species were killed on road by speeding vehicles. And in response high court order in WP 17498/2009 and 919/2010 dated 09-03-2010 both the roads were closed.
“Road kills” report submitted by WCF to commissioner and forest department took a paradigm shift in road ecology in India. After the night traffic ban a study was conducted by WCF “Using direct and indirect method to record the encounter level of wildlife movement in NH67 and 212” and this report was submitted to Karnataka Forest Department and the supreme court (I.A-10) The number of animal movement has increased and road kills have decreased by 75% .
WCF findings from the Night Life of Wildlife activity in BTR, helped solidify the need to continue the night traffic ban. "Bringing a better life to wildlife".
Ecological studies in BTR is a new understanding on vegetation and specific management interventions on improvising the existing parameters of natural forestry and human interface. it also looks into biotic pressures on the natural forestry by humans.
Birds as Bio indicators; was the theme in mind that the bird survey 2002-2003 was aimed at. Bird watchers from Kerala, Tamilnadu and Karnataka and were amply responsible to bring about this data on the avifaunal of BTR. The future work on birds will be research oriented and ensure a scientific approach to the avifaunal diversity in BTR.
A comprehensive estimation of population density of birds using food guilds in BTR was taken up during 2009. This study looks broadly into describing the habitat distribution using general vegetation of BTR, perceptive to food guilds of distinctive group of birds.
Gyps vultures are endangered species, BTR harbor breeding groups. Elephant carcass and other dead animals in BTR provide primary food source to these avian experts. WCF monitors vultures to statute their survival.
Black buck of Melukote wolf sanctuary.
Completed camera trapping for phase IV monitoring of Tiger and co-predators in Bandipur & Nagarahole Tiger Reserve
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