Harindra BaraiyaWildlife Institute of India | WII · The Department of Endangered Species Management
Studying Migratory Cranes in a Multi-use Landscape of Gujarat, Western India
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Citations since 2017
6 Research Items
I am a trained Zoologist with specialization in Avian Biology and Wildlife Biology and have been interested in studies related to nature conservation since long. During 2018-21, I worked in a project that focused on the assessment of impacts of powerlines on large avian species in the arid landscape of Kachchh. Currently I am a PhD scholar, studying the factors influencing spatial use by wintering Crane species in the Arid plains of Gujarat, India and migration strategies adopted by cranes.
August 2017 - present
- I have been working as a lead Researcher in a project which focuses on the assessment of impacts of powerlines on large avian species in the arid plains of Kachchh. In this project, I -along with my team- tagged Flamingo and migratory Crane species with GPS GSM tags to understand their movements and high use areas with respect to powerline network to identify high-risk powerline corridors across Kachchh landscape.
The arid plains of western Gujarat are one of the strongholds for migratory Eurasian and Demoiselle Cranes in India. These plains provide foraging and roosting ground to the cranes, where they forage on left-over grains from the harvested agricultural fields and roost in the wetlands. In recent times, the agricultural practice in the region has wit...
Gujarat is a stronghold for resident-breeding greater and lesser flamingos, and the Rann of Kachchh serves as an essential breeding ground. The breeding sites in Rann are protected through a legal umbrella; however, the non-breeding sites are outside the protected status. These birds use Rann of Kachchh for a short duration and then disperses to a...
Birds are excellent biological indicators of environment health. Changes in bird population, behaviour and reproductive success ratio can be used to examine the long term effects of changes in habitat. This study was aimed to find out the diversity of birds in and around Devgana village (21o37’34.02” N; 72o00’56.56” E; elev. 100m) located in Sihor...
This was a short term project with an objective to carry out systematic surveys to study the distribution of Common Crane in the Banni landscape in Western Gujarat, India
The broad objectives of the projects are (1.) To understand wintering Crane distribution in the arid plains of western Gujarat (2.)To investigate how different factors influence wintering Cranes space use in Grassland and Agricultural ecosystems (3.) To understand ranging patterns and migration of wintering Cranes using telemetry