Workshop on Giant Squirrel monitoring: An Initiative of Maharashtra Forest Department

During 2011-12, WRCS had carried out a year long survey to determine the status and distribution of giant squirrel also known as Shekru in local language.  The findings indicated that though the squirrel is present through out the Western Ghats in Maharashtra, the population is declining rapidly in territorial forests.  Mr. Sarjan Bhagat, the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (WL), felt that monitoring this species was very important to understand its current status and was interested in training the field staff of PAs an RFs in learning various techniques on monitoring this beautiful species. Follwing the discussion, Maharashtra Forest Department and WRCS carried out a 2 days workshop on monitoring Giant Squirrel (Ratufa indica) in Maharashtra. This workshop was organised by Mr. Sunil Limaye, CCF (WL), Pune at Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai on 19th and 20th July 2014. PCCF (WL), APCCF (WL), CCF (WL) Kolhapur, were present during both days of the workshop.  Dr. Mehta presented an ecological review of giant squirrels and discussed the findings of the survey in Maharashtra. Mr. Kulkarni presented the techniques of monitroing the giant squirrel in field and data analysis. The workshop was attended by ACF and Range officers of the concerend divisions, nature lovers and NGO representatives from Mumbai.