Uttarayan Save the Birds Campaign

Description

Uttarayan- Kite flying festival is celebrated on the 14th and 15th of January every year in India.

Kite-flying participants use glass coated threads - manja to fly kites that cause severe wing injuries to several thousand of birds. Many injured birds succumb to painful deaths while others are maimed for life.

The Jivdaya Charitable Trust is a non-government animal welfare organisation that provides medical care to un-owned domestic animals and also runs a rehabilitation centre for wild birds and small mammals, who organise a special annual campaign named “Uttarayan Save the Birds Campaign”, in an attempt to save and rehabilitate injured birds.

The trust have been conducting this campaign for the past 11 years and for past 5 years have received over 3000 birds monthly on average, in this particular month (January).

They start receiving injured birds from the month of December onwards as the kite-flyers begin practicing flying kites from mid of November. The avian casualties continue for many days post the festival as birds keep getting entangled and injured in loose manja that is entangled on trees, overhead cables, poles, etc. The hospital continues to receive large number of injured birds until the end of February. The peak period however remains in January. The birds received (from January to March) is around 7000 birds.

We welcome students, vets and volunteers from all over the world to assist the team to tackle the pre-Uttarayan, Uttarayan and post-Uttarayan Avian injury cases that come on a massive scale that needs a large number of man-power to treat them. From December to the end of February there is a huge amount of work going on in our hospital saving avian lives.

In the last campaign (Jan 2019), we achieved 82% survival ratio of the 4361 injured birds that came in to our centre. Rehab ratio is around 40%. We adhere to standard guidelines and protocols, and ensure good practice of rehabilitation. Post-operative care involves wound management, nutrition management, species specific husbandry, physiotherapy, etc.

Advanced surgical procedures helped save many birds from wing amputations in the past two years, and this resulted in a higher rehabilitation rate.

Duration

12 days

Availability

Spaces available

Cost

£1000
+ Return flights, Vaccinations, Travel insurance

Duration

12 days

Availability

Spaces available

Cost

£1000
+ Return flights, Vaccinations, Travel insurance

Duration

12 days

Availability

Spaces available

Cost

£1000
+ Return flights, Vaccinations, Travel insurance

Country

India

Supported Charities

Jivdaya Charitable Trust

Animals

birds

Dates

Start date
End date
20/12/2019
31/12/2019
30/12/2019
10/01/2020
09/01/2020
20/01/2020
19/01/2020
30/01/2020
29/01/2020
09/02/2020
08/02/2020
19/02/2020
18/02/2020
29/02/2020

Any questions?

+44 1725 557225

These placements are a total of 12 days. With the first 2 days being training/orientation and observation period and the remaining 10 days will be the working period hands on experience.

Each participant will be given an orientation session which will include briefing them with duties and responsibilities, a guided tour of facility, introduction with each staff, preparing working schedules etc.

All participants must be 4th year students or above

Included

Accommodation & Airport Transfers

Not Included

Flights, Meals, Travel Insurance, Vaccinations

This program is not a training program, its actual hands on day to day work with avian patients.

What to pack

Volunteers should take practical / comfortable clothes to work in e.g (scrubs). If you would like to purchase a WVS scrub top please contact the office or visit our online shop.

  • Practical / comfortable clothes to work in (eg. scrubs)
  • Wet weather gear and warm clothing for the evenings
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Ear plugs and eye mask
  • Headlamp
  • Toiletries
  • Prescriptions & over-the-counter medication (eg. Imodium, Paracetemol etc)

The project may be extremely short on certain supplies and would likely be very grateful for donations. Please get in touch with us to find out if there is anything in particular that would be helpful to bring with you. If you have any spare room in your bag on the outbound flight, it would be highly appreciated if you are able to bring some spare supplies to use during your trip. This is at your discretion and entirely optional.

Travel Insurance

It is essential that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance for this project which also covers you for veterinary work. We recommend Go Walkabout who offer tailor made travel insurance policies for WVS volunteers. Please note that fully paid members of WVS also receive a 10% discount on Go Walkabout policies.

Health & Vaccinations

This information should be used as a guide only. For up to date information on immunisations please consult your doctor. You will need to allow plenty of time before travelling for your immunisations to be effective. DO NOT LEAVE THIS UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. As you will be working with animals the Rabies and Tetanus vaccines are essential. We have provided links below to websites with useful information on immunisations and travel advice which we highly recommend that you visit.

Visas

​UK passport holders are required to obtain a visa before travelling. Please visit the Foreign Commonwealth Office website for further details: www.fco.gov.uk. All WVS volunteers are required to organise their own visas.