The most recent workshop brought together a small group of people who have experience of seeing or studying White-bellied Heron in the wild to carry out a kind of ‘analogue modelling’. There are vast swathes of potential habitat covering over 250,000 square kilometres across Bhutan, China, India and Myanmar that could be home to the species. The modelling involved close examination of satellite imagery and extraction of knowledge from everyone in the room about any possible habitat preference detail.
The photo here of the White-bellied Heron was from a tiger camera trap in the Tawa river, Northeast India. This location was inside the top priority sites identified by the mapping workshop which took place just weeks earlier!
Without the dedication of our friends, the White-bellied Heron may have become just another species slipping, unnoticed, into extinction.