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SLWCS Field Report

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Chandima with the help of a Jerdon's Leafbird demonstrating the proper method to hold a captured wild bird


SLWCS Field Report

University of Colombo Sri Lanka Department of Zoology Field Training Program

Chinthaka Weerasinghe
Operations Manager
Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society
March 2017

On Friday, March 17th a group of students from the Department of Zoology of the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka with their senior lecturer, Dr. Sampath Seneviratne visited the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society project site in Wasgamuwa. The group came to participate in a 3 day field training program. The group consisted of 13 students specializing in ornithology and environmental management.

The entire group stayed at the Field House and participated in several of the field research activities of the SLWCS. For the first time they got the opportunity to work with remote cameras* especially how to use remote camera traps to collect information on birds. They also spent an exciting night in the SLWCS tree huts to collect information on nocturnal animals. In addition mist netting was conducted to demonstrate to the students the safe capture of wild birds for identification purposes, to gather biometrics, collect blood samples for genetic analysis and for bird ringing. They also recorded bird songs for playback to entice birds to fly into the traps.

Over the past 21 years the SLWCS has hosted many such international and national student groups. This is in keeping with the Society’s mandate to encourage, foster and inculcate a passion for field research and applied conservation in students for the conservation of wildlife and their habitats.

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The students taking in the view from the Field House on their arrival

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Chandima showing the various parts of a bird's body

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Dr. Sampath explaining how to take a bird's biometrics

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A student taking physical measurements of a Jerdon's Leafbird

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Chandima showing our international volunteers and visitors the proper method to hold a captured wild bird

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Chandima showing the workings of a remote camera

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Tracking in the jungle

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Scouting the forests for potential camera locations

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Chandima explaining how the remote cameras are set up

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Sampath helping to set up a remote camera

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Chandima showing the students how the images are downloaded for analysis

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Heading into the woodland grasslands to set up a mist nest

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Getting ready to set up a mist nest

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Preparing to set up a mist nest

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Students preparing a mist nest

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Setting up a mist nest

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The mist nest in place

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Dr. Sampath holding a captured Nightjar which is a nocturnal bird

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Students identifying the Nightjar

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Photo Credits:

Chinthaka Weerasinghe/SLWCS
Chandima Fernando/SLWCS
Sampath Indika/SLWCS
Ravi Corea/SLWCS

*Remote cameras courtesy of S.P.E.C.I.E.S./SLWCS Carnivore Project

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