Black Necked Crane Information Center

Black Necked Crane Information Center

 

  • On the edge of the forest in the along the main highway of Phobjikha Valley lies the Black Necked Crane Information Center. The center is a small one storied structure with a vibrant shape to it.
  • The Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN), established the conservation site in 2003 as RSPN felt the urgent need to protect and conserve the Black Necked Crane and its species. Upon survey wide array of biodiversity has been discovered by RSPN, ranging from 121 species of Birds to 50 species of trees.
  • In 1999, RSPN with financial support from MacArthur Foundation in USA established the Integrated Conservation and Development Program (ICDP) in order to promote community development and ecological benefit.  
  • The Interesting fact of RSPN is it has been monitoring the crane migration patterns from 1987 with the good news that, annually there has been a steady climb in the number of cranes migrating.  The Crane are locally also known as ‘Thrung Trung Karmo’ and is said to be a symbol of peace and prosperity as its presence in the valley ensures a healthy crop produce and livelihood.  However, this exotic species has been listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as an endangered species, thus saving it has become ever so important.
  • The center showcases interesting facts about the blacked necked cranes in form of videos, brochures and diagrammatic presentations. When in Phobjikha, tourists can make use of this unique opportunity to learn more about the cranes and study their behavior.  There is also a superb viewing room with a spotting scope from which one can observe the cranes from the center.  The center can also help make mountain bike arrangements, hikes and home stay programs.

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