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Crane Conservation in the Kingdom of Bhutan
Since 1996, the International Crane Foundation has worked with the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature (RSPN) in Bhutan to study and protect Black-necked Cranes and their habitats. In the winter, the Kingdom of Bhutan is home to around 600 Black-necked Cranes migrating from their breeding grounds in the upper Tibetan plateau. The Kingdom’s high-altitude wetland habitats are ecologically rich, and the surrounding communities are deeply interwoven with vibrant cultural histories and living traditions.

Explore the many ways Bhutanese culture intersects with conservation strategies, policies, research and protected area designations for Black-necked Cranes. Please join us for remarkable stories of cranes and the people committed to their protection in Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, with Dr. George Archibald, Co-Founder of the International Crane Foundation; Jigme Tshering, Communications and Education Division Chief with RSPN; and David M. Hecht, Ph.D. candidate in Integrative Conservation and Anthropology at the University of Georgia.

Jan 21, 2021 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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George Archibald
Co-founder @International Crane Foundation
Jigme Tshering
Communications and Education Division Chief @Royal Society for the Protection of Nature
Jigme serves as the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature’s (RSPN) Communications and Education Division Chief at the headquarters in Thimphu. He also coordinates the organization’s Black-necked Crane Conservation Program in the country. For the first seven of 14 years of service at RSPN, Jigme was based at Phobjikha Conservation Area, the largest wintering habitat of Black-necked Cranes in Bhutan, researching and implementing conservation and sustainable livelihood activities. He completed Economics honours for his Bachelor’s degree from Sherubtse college, Trashigang, and has a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Charles Darwin University in Darwin, NT, Australia. Jigme is passionate about birds and the environment in general and particularly in saving the Black-necked Cranes and their habitat.
David M. Hecht
Ph.D. candidate in Integrative Conservation and Anthropology @University of Georgia
David Hecht is a Ph.D. candidate in Integrative Conservation (ICON) and Anthropology at the University of Georgia, advised by Dr. Pete Brosius, founder of the Center for Integrative Conservation. David has spent years in Bhutan and the Eastern Himalayas finalizing his dissertation field research, focusing on local and traditional beliefs, values and perspectives in community-based models of conservation for Black-necked Cranes and White-bellied Herons. In order to effectively address the many environmental challenges facing our planet, David believes in the power of integrating diverse voices and knowledges to find common ground for environmental action. David is an associate editor with the Journal for Ethnobiology, a National Geographic Explorer and a fellow with the Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research. who work in service of indigenous peoples in their efforts to record their arts and sciences.