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by Nitya Swastika

Struggling with COVID-19 in 2020 was unexpected for all of us. Even though it is now 2021, the challenges of living during a pandemic are still ongoing. However, this did not get in the way of Begawan Foundation and the Madhusuara Breeders Association. On March 10, we held a meeting with the Bali Starling breeders association in Melinggih Kelod Village, ensuring that we implemented health protocols.

The meeting, which was held on a beautiful afternoon at the foundation’s Breeding and Release Center, was the opportunity to discuss our 2021 plans for the community-based Bali Starling conservation program in collaboration with Madhusuara Breeders Association. The meeting was attended by Bradley Gardner, the founder of Begawan Foundation, the staff, breeders from Madhusuara Breeders Association, and drh. I Made Sugiarta, our newly appointed veterinarian.

Drh. Made Sugiarta has been highly involved in conservation programs for a long time, including the breeding and release of Bali Starlings. He was also involved in the release in Nusa Penida from 2006 to 2007 of Begawan Foundation’s Bali Starlings. To complement our program for community-based Bali Starling conservation in 2021, drh. Made Sugiarta and Begawan Foundation will provide training and development for the bird keeper staff and the breeders from Madhusuara Breeders Association.

I Wayan Susana, head of the breeders’ association, expressed his enthusiasm for the conservation plans for 2021, especially the upcoming release of Bali Starlings which will be carried out in the near future in villagers’ compounds in Banjar Begawan and Banjar Peneca, Melinggih Kelod village. We highly appreciate the enthusiasm and commitment of Melinggih Kelod village residents to this endangered bird conservation program.

Program Konservasi Berbasis Komunitas Yayasan Begawan Pada Tahun 2021

Oleh Nitya Swastika

Menghadapi COVID-19 pada tahun 2020 adalah suatu hal yang tidak terduga bagi kita semua. Meski sudah memasuki tahun 2021, tantangan hidup di tengah pandemi masih terus berlanjut. Namun, hal tersebut tidak menghalangi Yayasan Begawan dan Madhusuara Breeders Association (Asosiasi Peternak Madhusuara). Pada tanggal 10 Maret, kami mengadakan pertemuan dengan asosiasi peternak Jalak Bali di Desa Melinggih Kelod, dengan menerapkan protokol kesehatan.

Pertemuan yang diadakan pada sore hari yang indah di Pusat Pembibitan dan Pelepasliaran yayasan merupakan kesempatan untuk membahas rencana 2021 kami untuk program konservasi Jalak Bali berbasis masyarakat bekerja sama dengan Madhusuara Breeders Association. Pertemuan tersebut dihadiri oleh Bradley Gardner, pendiri Yayasan Begawan, staf, para peternak dari Madhusuara Breeders Association, dan drh. I Made Sugiarta, dokter hewan baru kami.

Drh. Made Sugiarta telah lama terlibat dalam program konservasi, termasuk penangkaran dan pelepasan Jalak Bali. Ia juga terlibat dalam pelepasliaran Jalak Bali Yayasan Begawan di Nusa Penida dari tahun 2006 hingga 2007. Untuk melengkapi program konservasi Jalak Bali berbasis masyarakat pada tahun 2021, drh. Made Sugiarta dan Yayasan Begawan akan memberikan pelatihan dan pembinaan bagi staf pemelihara burung dan peternak dari Madhusuara Breeders Association.

I Wayan Susana, ketua asosiasi, mengungkapkan antusiasmenya terhadap rencana konservasi tahun 2021, khususnya pelepasliaran burung jalak bali yang akan dilakukan dalam waktu dekat di perkampungan warga di Banjar Begawan dan Banjar Peneca, Desa Melinggih Kelod. Kami sangat mengapresiasi antusiasme dan komitmen warga Desa Melinggih Kelod terhadap program konservasi burung langka ini.

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