Sarus Crane Nest Adoption
Wet season is the breeding season for Sarus Crane (Antigone antigone) and a busy time for growing rice. Due to success of the reintroduction programme in Buriram by the Zoological Park Organization Thailand (ZPO), Sarus Crane has come back from the brink of extinction and started to nest and breed once again in the wild. This majestic waterbird generally builds a nest in the occupied rice field. In order to help both the birds and farmers whose portion of their crops are lost to the nest, BCST and ZPO has jointly established a “Sarus Crane Nest Adoption” project to help accomplish the following objectives:
- Support funding for Sarus Crane conservation activities such as nest-monitoring by volunteers in Buriram
- Compensate farmers whose rice fields are chosen by the Sarus Cranes as the nesting site
- Encourage local people to engage in Sarus Crane conservation
- Provide incentives for local people and farmers whose rice fields are used as the nesting site to become supportive of Sarus Crane conservation
Detail of Nest Adoption:
6,500 THB/nest/year (supporters will receive monthly and annual reports about the nest)
Note* Partial support is also welcomed but the supporter will not receive the progress reports
Please visit the following link to complete the adoption >>https://goo.gl/44i5Ln
You can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bcst.or.th and +66(0)2 588 277 (Mon-Fri between 9:00AM-6:00PM GMT+7)
เข้าสู่ฤดูทำรังวางไข่ของ นกกระเรียนพันธุ์ไทย (Sarus Crane) แล้ว สมาคมอนุรักษ์นกและธรรมชาติ
- เพื่อระดมทุนจากประชาชนที่สนใจสนับสนุนการดำเนินงานด้านการอนุรักษ์และฟื้นฟูประชากรนกกระเรียนพันธุ์ไทย โดยองค์การสวนสัตว์ในพระบรมราชูปถัมภ์
- เพื่อสร้างแรงจูงใจด้านการอนุรักษ์ของคนในชุมชน และเจ้าของพื้นที่ซึ่งเป็นแหล่งทำรังวางไข่และหาอาหารของนกกระเรียนพันธุ์ไทย
ค่าใช้จ่าย 6,500 บาท/ปี/
หมายเหตุ* ผู้ที่ต้องการบริจาคเพื่อช่วยเหลือโครงการ แต่จำนวนเงินไม่ถึง 6,500 บาท สามารถสนับสนุนได้ แต่จะไม่ได้รับรายงานและของที่ระลึก
Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) is a project aimed to monitor the populations of waterbirds throughout Asia. Started in 1967 by Wetlands International (then called International Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Bureau – IWRB), it is a global project which incorporates regional partners in 26 countries around Asia and the Pacifics. Thailand has started monitoring its waterbirds as part of the AWC in 1986 and has continued ever since. With help from volunteers, local conservation groups and wildlife research stations under the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP), data of waterbirds monitoring throughout Thailand is compiled and analysed by BCST.
Waterbirds are good indicators of the richness and wellness of wetlands. They can strongly reflect or show signs of threats, whether they’re habitat degradation or pressures from hunting and development. The AWC is a good way to engage birdwatchers and nature lovers, to participate in citizen science activity such as bird monitoring, and contribute to the conservation of species and their habitats.
The annual AWC is regularly hold within January of each year. Data from the AWC is also used to support the International Waterbird Census (IWC) which looks at the populations of waterbirds at a global scale.
Asian Waterbird Census Reports
2018 — BCST-AWC-2018
2017 — BCST-AWC-2017
2016 — BCST-AWC-2016
Established in 1962, Khao Yai National Park is the first national park of Thailand. It is also regarded as an ASEAN Heritage Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its pristine forest and the abundance of wildlife. Because of the high variety of birds including globally threatened species and regional endemics that have been reported within the national park such as Masked Finfoot (Heliopais personatus), Silver Oriole (Oriolus mellianus) and Coral-billed Ground-cuckoo (Carpococyx renauldi), Khao Yai National Park is also regarded as one of the Important Bird Areas (IBAs) by BirdLife.
Khao Yai Bird Census is an annual activity organised by BCST to monitor the trends and populations of birds within Khao Yai National Park. It is carried out by bird experts, BCST members and volunteers who are interested. Data collected during the census is provided to the national park as well as the public.
Khao Yai Bird Census Reports
2015 — Khao-Yai-Census-2015
2016 — Khao-Yai-Census-2016
2017 — Khao-Yai-Census-2017
2018 — Khao-Yai-Census-2018
2019 — Khao-Yai-Census-2019
2020 — Khao-Yai-Census-2020
2021 — Khao-Yai-Census-2021
Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Calidris pygmaea) is the most threatened shorebird on the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, with perhaps as few as 200 breeding pairs remaining, having undergone a dramatic decline during the past two decades, partly as a result of loss of habitat on the flyway. Like many migratory shorebirds found in Thailand, the Spoon-billed Sandpiper breeds on the Russian tundra and twice a year makes a hazardous migration along the coasts of east Asia. About 10 Spoon-billed Sandpipers are recorded in the Inner Gulf of Thailand each year with Pak Thale-Laem Phak Bia in Phetchaburi province having the highest annual records. This bird is quite site faithful as shown by the fact that birds flagged and numbered on the breeding grounds have been recorded at the same sites in the Inner Gulf of Thailand on successive years.
BCST has been monitoring Spoon-billed Sandpipers and other migratory shorebirds in the Inner Gulf of Thailand since 1995. With the help from local bird surveyors, Suchart Daengpayon (Tee) for Khok Kham and Seri Manit (Daeng) for Pak Thale-Laem Phak Bia (until 2016), we are able to intensively monitor shorebirds at both sites resulting in an impressive records of 7 flagged Spoon-billed Sandpipers: Lime 05, Lime 02, White OC, White P7, White AA, White U6 and Yellow 5(x).
‘Lime 05’ is the most well known among several flagged Spoon-billed Sandpipers that have been recorded in Thailand. It is a female bird that was ringed on 20 June 2013 in the vicinity of Meinypil’gyno Village, Anadyr District, just south of the Arctic Circle in Chukotka Autonomous Area, Far East Russia. She was then observed and photographed on her wintering grounds at Khok Kham, Samut Sakhon Province, Inner Gulf of Thailand on 30 November 2013 after a long-distance migration covering over 7,500 km from Far East Russia. She remained there until at least 6 March 2014 and since then, has continued to come back to the same area every winter.
Birds are one of the few types of wildlife that we can see in our daily lives. They are great ambassadors for inviting people into the world of nature learning. That is why BCST began the “Bird Walk” activity and has carried it out for more than 10 years. Starting with the Bangkok urban parks near you, over 100 species of birds are awaiting to be explored and lead to further learning, loving and caring of birds and the environment.
BCST Bird Walk is a guided walk around urban park with professional bird leaders who can point out, identify and show you the birds, as well as explain interesting facts or key points for identification of certain species. Binoculars can be borrowed and the bird leaders are equipped with telescopes, so don’t worry if you are new to birding and don’t have any equipment. Our bird walks are open to the public for FREE. Just join us at the scheduled date, time and place!
Bird Walk Schedule
- Every first Saturday of the month
Place : Vachirabenjatas Park (Suan Rot Fai)
Meeting spot : Main entrance, near the old train carriage
Meeting time : 7.30 am
- Every second Sunday of the month
Place : Queen Sirikit Park
Meeting spot : Chaloem Phrakiat 72 Phansa Building (white building next to the car park near Children’s Discovery Museum)
Meeting time : 7.30 am
- Every third Saturday of the month
Place : Phutthamonthon Park
Meeting spot : First shelter on the right side of the big Bhudda statue
Meeting time : 7.30 am
- Every first Sunday of March, June, September & December
Place : Suan Luang Rama IX Park
Meeting spot : Sala Salairuen near Rachawadee Gate (Chaloem Phrakiat Ratchakan Thi 9 Rd.)
Meeting time : 7.30 am
Pak Thale is a coastal area dominated by salt pans, which is of international importance for migratory shorebirds. It is part of the Pak Thale – Laem Phak Bia Flyway Site, recognised as a priority site on the East Asian-Australasian Flyway as a regular wintering site and migration passage of several globally threatened species, most notably the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Pak Thale is also part of the Inner Gulf of Thailand Important Bird Area as recognised by BirdLife International and the most important area in Thailand for coastal shorebirds in terms of abundance and diversity. The area of the Pak Thale site is about (300 rai) 50 ha and hosts over 7,000 water birds during the northern hemisphere winter, comprising 50 species, including several globally threatened migratory birds which are also recorded in Japan, such as Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Endangered Great Knot.
The Spoon-billed Sandpiper is the most threatened shorebird on the flyway, with perhaps as few as 200 breeding pairs remaining, having undergone a dramatic decline during the past two decades, partly as a result of loss of habitat on the flyway. About 10 Spoon-billed Sandpipers are recorded in the Inner Gulf of Thailand each year with Pak Thale-Laem Phak Bia having the highest annual records. The Inner Gulf of Thailand is a must for anyone wishing to see this bird for the first time, because of its easy accessibility from Bangkok and frequent records of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper regularly disseminated through social media. Seeing this species is a highlight on many birdwatchers’ trips to Thailand.
Aside from coastal mudflats and remnants of mangrove forest, the land is largely given over to human productive uses and dominated by salt pans. The salt pans also play an important ecological role in that with the loss of natural habitat, the less saline pans are used by shorebirds for roosting and feeding during high tide. Aquaculture is the other major livelihood activity in the area and shellfish collection takes place on the coastal mudflats.
The biodiversity of the site and local traditions are mainly threatened by gradual land conversion, especially to intensive aquaculture. This is a trend occurring throughout the Inner Gulf of Thailand, alongside urban development as another source of land use change. Conversion to aquaculture is mainly driven by short-term profits and low aquaculture labour requirements with additional benefits from the sale of extracted soil from creating ponds. A recent slump in salt prices is further encouraging land use change. Most land at Pak Thale is owned by a few major landowners, not the salt farmers. Locally, there is another risk of pollution from local industries, which may damage aquaculture and salt pans. A low, but significant, level of netting of birds is also a threat.
Long term goal
Habitat at Pak Thale is protected and enhanced for shorebirds and the site is recognised for its international importance for shorebirds and as a tourism destination demonstrating sustainable co-existence between nature and local livelihoods
During the project, we will develop a model for sustainably managing Pak Thale for shorebird conservation by working with local stakeholders through salt farming, bird tourism and direct management of shorebird habitat