The Conservation of the Bali Starling within Melinggih Kelod Village through Community Based Activities and the Conservation Education to Young Generation.
The Bali Starling became the official mascot of Bali in 1991. Its status was upgraded to CITES Appendix I in 1994. Begawan Foundation commenced its Conservation Project in Melinggih Kelod in 1999. Several releases have been conducted – on Nusa Penida Island where a flock remains, in Sibang, and in Melinggih Kelod.
This program, with the awareness, backing and support of the community, gives villagers the opportunity to breed Bali Starlings for release, and to be accountable for their safety in the wild. A traditional law called “awig awig” prohibits hunting and a large fine is imposed on those who are caught catching the bird.
We continue to involve the local villagers, and release pairs from family compounds, monitor progress and ensure that villagers report the birds’ activities. A flock of free flying juveniles will be created over the next months, to provide a group that the offspring of released pairs can join.