Solutions for People, Animals and Environment
Tales of WellBeing – Issue 5, May 2020

The Journey to Home
May 15, 2020

Often, when one hears about animal rescues they aren’t told the complete chain of events that has to occur for the rescue to be successful. The following story allows us to follow the rescue journey of one dog through her eyes and through those of the wonderful people who helped.

The Call – Earlier this year, staff at our partner organization in Costa Rica, AHPPA, received a call about an abandoned dog in San Rafael. The gentleman who called had observed the dog’s poor condition and swollen stomach and thought the dog was pregnant. Staff responded quickly and dispatched a team to locate the dog. The dog was quickly found and it was confirmed that she was in dire need of medical attention, food and shelter. Although homeless and in pain, the dog trusted the team and allowed them to load her in the truck headed toward an unknown destiny. The call from the concerned citizen and the subsequent response by AHPPA were significant steps to a new lease on life.


Going Beyond Symptomatic Treatment:
Adopting One Health in India
May 15, 2020

Photo by: Dr. Naveen Pandey

India is closing in on having the largest human population of any country. This has placed pressure on India’s conservation areas as people look for places to live and support themselves and their families. Dr. Naveen Pandey, the Deputy Director of the Corbett Foundation and a veterinarian, is deeply involved in projects to reduce human-wildlife conflict around conservation areas and disease control for animals (both wild and domestic). The photograph, for example, shows an Indian household that has built a tiger-proof enclosure to protect their livestock. Please click the Read More link for a description of the challenges that must be overcome to advance One Health in rural India.

State of India’s Birds, 2020

A group of ten organizations has produced the first comprehensive assessment of the current State of India’s Birds 2020, relying on data uploaded by over 15,000 citizens to the electronic platform eBird (based at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology) via an India-specific electronic portal curated by Bird Count India. There were over 10 million individual records that allowed a trend analysis for 261 of India’s 867 species of birds. As one might expect, many of the species were experiencing declining trends, but almost half of the species had stable populations and 5% were increasing. One of the species found to be increasing was the Indian peafowl, which was declared the national bird in 1963.

The publication of the report and the recent development of a strong citizen science program among birdwatchers in India is an encouraging sign. As the popularity of bird watching increases, we can expect more attention to be paid to threatened and endangered bird species.

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