• New bird record for Bhutan

    unnamed2 April, Bumthang. The long term bird monitoring program through mist-netting exercise at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE) has contributed a new bird record for Bhutan. The mist-netting team (Sherub, Ugyen Tenzin and Karma Wangdi) have confirmed Burmese Shrike (Lanius collurioides) male as another additional number of birds in Bhutan. It was caught in the “Scrub I” net line on 2nd of April at 8:00am. The bird weights about 26.2g with wing 8.6cm, tarsus 2.8cm and tail 9.3cm long. Some of the distinctive features of the bird are its dark chestnut mantle, white tail sides and chestnut rump. The team said that an insectivorous bird shrike has come back from their winter grounds in the altitudes. Capturing of the Burmese Shrike at this elevation is the highest record and on the western most in its distributional limits.

    Mist-netting exercise at the Institute started from 22nd August 2013. Bird enthusiasts carry out this exercise every day from 6:00am-9:30am. So far the team has banded more than 1500 birds. The main objective of the program is to learn and document; bird diversity and change with season, bird community and composition, breeding biology and age structure. Body mass and morphometric data of every captured bird are recorded and a database is managed at the Institute. Sometimes school going children are also invited for this activity to out-reached program for bird education

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  • New addition to the list of mammal species for Phurmsengla National Park

    Particoloured Flying Squirrel Hylopetes alboniger
    Particoloured Flying Squirrel Hylopetes alboniger

    Particoloured Flying Squirrel Hylopetes alboniger that belongs to genus Hylopetes is spotted on the floor of Chirpine forest associated with undergrowth species such as Adhatoda vasica, Rhus japonica, Lyonia ovalifolia, Rubia cordifolia  and Cymbopogan citratus in the vicinity of Obi village under Metsho geog in Lhuentse in the eastern part of Phrumsengla National Park (PNP).

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  • The Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition concludes successfully

    The gateway to the Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition
    The gateway to the Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition

    Paro, 2-6 April: The Royal Patron of the Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition, Her Majesty Gyalyum Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck officially closed the Exhibition which was held at the Ugyen Pelri Palace ground. The Prime Minister, ministers and senior government officials, also attended the closing.

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  • Inception workshop for EU-TCP in support of RNR sector

    final group photoParo, April 10, 2015: The Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) and the EU Commission signed the Financial Agreement of EU-Technical Cooperation Project (TCP) in support of RNR Sector on August, 2014 and accordingly the EU Delegation, New Delhi, India has approved the Start-up Programme Estimate to be implemented from March- June 2015. One of the key activities to be implemented in the Start-up Programme Estimate is to conduct a Project Inception workshop for better preparation of the first Operational Programme Estimates.

    As per the approved Start-up Programme Estimate, the Project Coordination Unit in collaboration with the National Authorizing Office, Gross National Happiness Commission Secretariat (GNHCS) is conducting three days Project Inception workshop from 9th-11th April, 2015 at Namsay Choieling Resort in Paro.

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