Studies on Waders
Sundarban is home to almost 360 species of birds among which there exists around 70 species of Waders. These birds are highly dependent on mudflats for their sustenance. We have studied Waders concerning their habitat and behavior to gain a holistic understanding. The results and reports of our studies have been regularly submitted to the forest department and are used for several of our published books. At the end, we want to develop a sustainable management plan so that it can contribute in the sustenance of Sundarbans in long run.
Studies on Lesser Cats
The mammalian diversity of Sundarban is unique in a way where no other big co-predators exist alongside the Royal Bengal Tiger, apart from the presence of Golden Jackal in some patches. The main co-predators are three different lesser cats namely, Fishing Cat, Jungle Cat and Leopard Cat. As there was no such comprehensive studies on these species in this region, a baseline survey conducted by the forest department to understand the spatial distribution of the lesser cats was carried out by our research team. Documentation and relative abundance of the species was recorded from different ranges of Sundarban Biosphere Reserve with the help of Camera traps and other equipments. We aspire to do this study more extensively to establish a proper conservation manual by understanding their habits, population and approach of locals towards these lesser cats.
We are the first NGO along with the department, who have specifically tried lesser cat census with camera traps for the first time in Indian sundarbans.