7-11 September 2015, Thimphu; The Wildlife Conservation Division, Department of Forests and Park Services, is conducting a five-day planning and training workshop for the first ever nationwide Snow Leopard Survey. The training workshop is attended by 30 field staff from snow leopard range parks, namely Jigme Dorji National Park (JDNP), Wangchuck Centennial National Park (WCNP), Jigme Khesar Strict Nature Reserve (JKSNR), Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary (BWS), and Paro Territorial Division. The training workshop is facilitated and conducted by a team of national resource persons, most of whom are Core Team Members of the National Snow Leopard.
The theme of this training workshop is “Counting the mountain queen: National Snow Leopard Survey of Bhutan 2015-2016”. The main objective of this workshop is to familiarize the field staff and survey enumerators with the objective of the National Snow Leopard Survey, and acquaint them with the survey protocol that includes methods in handling and stationing the camera traps and GPS and their accessories, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in wildlife scat collection and handling. The resource persons also imparted general ecology and conservation status of snow leopards in addition to sharing of their past experiences of snow leopard surveys in JDNP, WCNP, and BWS.
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