November 16-22, 2017: The international members of the White-bellied Heron (WBH) advisory committee were in Bhutan from November 16-22, 2017 and consequently, the first international committee meeting was held on November 21, 2017 at RSPN head office. The committee was formed this year bringing in experts from around the globe to provide strategic direction for carrying out both in situ and ex situ conservation of WBH in Bhutan.
The meeting was preceded by field visits to the White-bellied Heron Habitat and the site for Captive breeding facility center in Changchey, Tsirang. The team also participated in an awareness campaign on WBH held at Tsekha extended class room in Punakha which is a prime WBH habitat. The campaign was led by Tshering Tobgay, a teacher and an ardent birder, and a group of students from Bajothang Higher Secondary School with the financial support from RSPN. The students are also the members of Young Bhutanese Birders.
The meeting stands testament to the global concern on the survival of WBH and support for its conservation. It was a productive meeting and RSPN would like to thank the advisory committee for their invaluable guidance and direction.