So far in 2013, more than 300,000 Amur Falcons have arrived in Nagaland on migration. However, thanks to a campaign organised by the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), squads of ex-hunters and youths from three villages in the area have been patrolling the falcon roosting areas day and night to ensure they are safe. The squads report that not a single falcon has been killed, thus honouring the pledges made by local Naga villages to help save the species.
Large flocks of Amur Falcons, such as this photographed in South Africa in February 2012, will hopefully be a commoner sight in years to come thanks to efforts in Nagaland.
Image © Gary Waddington
WTI and Natural Nagas started the project to prevent the slaughter of Amur Falcons earlier this year, with support from CAF-India in collaboration with Nagaland Forest Department. The Village Council Members of three villages pledged that their respective villages would not hunt or kill falcons and made it a punishable offence. This was preceded and followed by a number of awareness campaigns and meetings with the villagers.
The original article, on the WTI website, can be found here.