55 volunteers to take part in wildlife census across Pune sanctuaries to be held on Buddha Punirma 

55 volunteers to take part in wildlife census across Pune sanctuaries to be held on Buddha Punirma

55 volunteers to take part in wildlife census across Pune sanctuaries to be held on Buddha Punirma

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Over 55 volunteers are gearing up to partake in a wildlife census across Pune sanctuaries on the auspicious full-moon day of Buddha Purnima. Scheduled for May 23, the census will span 86 locations, with the forest department orchestrating the endeavor.
The unique aspect of this census lies in its utilization of “machans,” raised platforms perched atop trees, to facilitate observation. Commencing from 3 pm and extending till 10 am the following day, this year’s census will encompass various sanctuaries including Bhimashankar, Mayureshwar Supe, Tamhini Ghat, and expansive grassland areas such as Saswad and Solapur.
Tushar Chavan, deputy conservator of forests (wildlife) at the Pune forest department, outlined the methodology, stating that volunteers will be stationed on scaffolds adjacent to waterbodies and watering holes. Their mission: to monitor and document the movements of animals as they venture to quench their thirst amidst the tranquil ambiance of nature.
Chavan elaborated on the distribution of the 86 designated waterbodies, revealing that among them are 22 natural sources and 64 manmade reservoirs. This meticulous approach ensures a comprehensive assessment of wildlife activity across diverse habitats.
For those eager to contribute to this conservation effort, an invitation is extended to register their interest by forwarding their mobile number and basic details to [email protected].
The upcoming census promises to not only provide valuable insights into the local wildlife population but also underscores the collaborative spirit between government agencies and enthusiastic volunteers in safeguarding our natural heritage.