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 that arrive in autumn from Mongolia, China, and Russia.
This facility will have a bird blind, a library, and equipment for training students and for conducting field outings. Researchers will perform long-term census studies on species of interest, and the public can participate with rare-bird sightings through eBird or a custom website. Nature awareness and appreciation will be a focus for 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)
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