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Subject: Help The Birds-2014

Help The Birds-2014.

During Uttarayan the Kite-flying festival (14th-15th January) thousands of birds fall victim to the sharp glass-powder coated “manja”. They sustain injuries on their wings or just about anywhere resulting in them bleeding to death. This festival is one of the most unfortunate manmade disasters for the Avian Community of our city. More than 3000 birds get 'cut' every year in Ahmedabad (India) alone. At Jivdaya Charitable Hospital we treated 2085 birds in 2012 and 2095 birds treated in 2013.
The kite strings are so sharp that sometimes it can chop off the whole wing!! The festival is round the corner and we need to prepare ourselves to help save as many lives as we can.
HTB 2014 is coming up. HTB (Help the Birds) campaign is organized every year in Ahmedabad by many N.G.Os who join hands with the Forest Department and wildlife rescue centers during the Kite-flying festival (Uttarayan) as an effort to save the injured birds from certain death and giving them a chance at survival. Our primary focus will be birds of endangered species, especially White-Rumped Vultures towards making a Vulture Safe Zone. This festival was responsible for 56 WRV casualties just from 2009 to 2013. Who wouldn’t want to save these precious birds and you can get a chance to make a difference. We need your involvement to make this campaign a roaring success! There are several ways in which you can help and some even for those who are not comfortable with working hands-on with injured birds. Apart from rescue we will need volunteers for attending rescue phone calls, Documentation, Education / Awareness Programs, Helping vets in the Operation Theater and follow-up treatment, Transfer of birds, Transportation of injured birds, data collection, donation and much more… This entire work is extremely important for the campaign. This is your chance to help the urban bird life. Every one of us can make a big difference in help saving the lives of our innocent feathered friends. Let us all join hands and try to help them in whichever way we can. Experienced veterinary doctors are most welcome to come and help out.
Yours sincerely,
Kartik Shastri,
Jivdaya Charitable Trust,
Bird Conservation Society Gujarat-Vulture Cell
Assistant coordinator,

IUCN Vulture Specialist Group Member .
Mo: 098240-25045.E: mail:,,

Kartik Shastri. <>
Saturday, January 04, 2014

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