Nature Club kicks off

A nature club has been formed at the Catholic secondary school in Laclubar as part of the Darwin Initiative project. FCOTI field staff started an ecology course for 20 students (10 females, 10 males) from Thursday 16th to Friday 17th December 2020. The course started with a discussion on what is ecology, including how animals and plants interact, and how organisms adapt to changing environments. Students gave examples of their observations such as when some plants close if people are near, and open when threats pass. Another example was how civets distribute coffee seeds as they move through the forest. Working in groups, the student identified major threats to local ecosystems such as drought, fire, timber cutting and uncontrolled grazing.

Students recognised all the birds, reptiles and mammals from photos and talked about where they nest such as geckos on trees or hollows, frogs in rivers and ponds and bats roosting in caves or trees. On the second day, staff took the students into the forest to learn how to measure trees and identify flowers and seeds. More activities will be held when school returns for 2021 terms. Thanks to Guido, Maria, Vincente, Pedro and Domingo for running the course!

Author: redpandabhutan

I am Project Leader for Darwin Initiative funded project on "Sustainable rangeland management to protect red pandas and herder livelihoods in Bhutan"

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