Amidst the holy month of Ramadan, FLIGHT managed to assist the law enforcement to rescue more than 1800 wild birds Even in the middle of Ramadan, the holy month, the law enforcement managed to rescue more than 1800 wild birds from three (3) seizures from different places in 3 consecutive days. The first confiscation was carried out on Friday, April 15th, 2022 by the Bakauheni Port Special Sector Police (KSKP) at the Bakauheni Port entrance. A total of 1,177 wild birds and also 2 Marmosets and 12 Meerkats. These animals were brought from Medan on the way to Pramuka Bird Market, Jakarta. Some of the bird species brought were White-eyes, Black-naped Orioles, Sunbirds, Brown-cheeked Bulbuls, Blue-masked Leafbirds, Greater and Lesser Green Leafbirds, etc. The perpetrator, B (45) was now being questioned by the police for his wrongdoing; Meanwhile, some of the birds were already released at the UPTD KPH Way Pisang, and the rest of them were rehabilitated at the Sumatran Wildlife Centre YJSI. The next day on Saturday, 16th of April, FLIGHT successfully assisted the Pelalawan Regional Police to thwart a smuggling attempt of 489 wild birds in Pelalawan, Riau. Hundreds of wild birds that were confiscated vary in species, some of them include Bar-winged Prinias, Cinereous Tits, White-eyes, Crimson Sunbirds, and three species of leafbirds including Blue-masked Leafbirds, Blue-winged Leafbirds, and Lesser Green Leafbirds, etc. These birds were immediately handed over to the Riau Nature Conservation Agency (BKSDA) and released at TWA Buluh Cina, Pekanbaru. The third seizing […]
On Wednesday, 30th March, Tahura WAR and FLIGHT held a training for the community of the Wan Abdul Rachman area at the auditorium of Wan Abdul Rachman. The training was held to help improve the economy of the communities around the forest area. A total of 40 women came as participants. A representative from Tahura WAR, Politeknik Negeri Lampung, FLIGHT, and an entrepreneur also came as speakers. The topic of the training is regarding Banana Chips Production and the Marketing Techniques. Banana is known as one of the most produced agricultural products by forest farmers. All of the activities were done as one of our community development programs. Aimed at improving the quality of life of the communities, FLIGHT formulated this program based on focus group discussions and training with the relevant communities (Forest Farmers) to identify their underlying needs and the corresponding solutions. Support activities may include sustainable agriculture and food product and/or handicraft production for alternative income. FLIGHT strives to develop the communities who understood the stakes of our biodiversity and manage to guard the ecosystem surrounding their lives. Our ultimate goal is to alter their main income from hunting and/or bird trading to farming and production. We also want to mention our gratitude and appreciation for our sponsor, @theellenfund for helping us to fund this activity.
Cilegon Agricultural Quarantine and Port Area Sector Police (KSKP) Merak with an assist from FLIGHT thwarted a smuggling attempt of 2,528 birds of various species from Lampung on Thursday, March 3rd. These birds were planned to be shipped to Bekasi by a minibus without any required quarantine and health documents. The 2,528 birds rescued were including 1,030 Bar-winged Prinias, 315 Yellow-vented Bulbuls, 917 Cinereous Tits, 38 Zebra Doves, 15 Ashy Tailorbirds, 13 White-eyes, 182 Javan Mynas, and 18 Common Ioras. Meanwhile, the driver and the owner of these birds were still being investigated because they have violated Article 35 Verse 1 and 3 of Law No. 21 of 2019 concerning Animal, Fish, and Plant Quarantine. The birds were already released by the Serang Nature Conservation Agency and Cilegon Agricultural Quarantine after being checked for health examination and laboratory testing of Avian Influenza disease.
Starting from February 16th, Information collected by FLIGHT led to the seizure of 265 wild birds by police and quarantine in Tanjung Perak Seaport, East Java. The birds come from Papua and will be smuggled to Surabaya by container ship. The 265 wild birds were varied in species, some of them were 100 Eclectus Parrot, 21 Hooded Butcherbirds, 27 Strawberry Finches, 3 Black-capped Lory, etc. The next day, on February 17th, Pelalawan Police successfully rescued a total of 1300 wild birds in Riau with an assist from FLIGHT. The birds were including Cinereous Tit and Bar-winged Prinias. These birds were not protected, but the smuggler couldn’t provide any required quarantine documents. On February 21st, The Lampung Agricultural Quarantine with Port Area Sector Police (KSKP) Bakauheni foiled another smuggling attempt of 3,767 wild birds. These birds were planned to be delivered to Depok Bird Market Solo, East Java. FLIGHT assisted the team to release all of the birds, some of them including 680 Tits, 1480 Prinias, 1140 Yellow-vented Bulbuls, etc at the Way Pisang Forest Management Unit (KPH) Area, Lampung.
How do you appreciate birds’ beauty without hunting and/or putting them in a cage? Answer: Birdwatching/Birding. Birdwatching is the activity of observing birds in their natural habitat. We could appreciate the beauty of birds by observing them in the wild, not by keeping them inside a small cage and keeping them as a pet. On 15th and 16th February, FLIGHT conducted Birdwatching on the Wan Abdul Rachman Grand Forest Park (Tahura WAR) to monitor and observe birds in the surrounding area. Tahura WAR was also the place where the seized birds were released. The birdwatching track was not that steep, so it was suitable for all people, even for a starter. Tahura WAR’s diversity was still rich, so our team was able to observe a lot of species. Some bird species that were successfully observed were eagles, bulbuls, etc.