Bird Learning and Research Center
We hope to establish a regional bird and wildlife center for education and research in the Nawalpur District to house many of the activities listed above. The Narayani River basin (next to Chitwan National Park), is an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area and is well suited for avian research. This is the largest river in Nepal and is home to the critically endangered Gharial Crocodile and Gangetic River Dolphin. The grasslands of the Narayani River basin host many threatened species, such as One-horned Rhinoceros and the critically endangered Bengal Florican. Importantly, this is a key wintering area for numerous waterfowl and wading birds, such as the Bar-headed Goose, that arrive in autumn from Mongolia, China, and Russia.
This facility will have a bird blind (shown below), a library, and equipment for training students and for conducting field outings. Researchers will perform long-term census studies on species of interest. Nature awareness and identification of birds will be the focus for visiting students to promote sustainable living.
Aerial view of property with boundaries marked by yellow line (drone photo by Isabella Cortes Lara on April 15, 2022)
Mugger Crocodile Black Drongo
Indian Golden Oriole Jungle Cat
Grey-headed Swamp Hen
Excavation for wildlife pond
A pond containing an island was constructed on the 2 acre of land we purchased next to the Narayani River. It contains a ramp for easy access by rhinos and other mammals
Construction of bird blind next to pond
Concrete posts to support the structure are set in place
Reforestation and enhancement of the land
Hundreds of trees have been planted and many kinds of seed-planted wildflowers are flourishing.