Begawan embarks on a dedicated mission to release Bali Starlings into the wild, aligning with its commitment to effective monitoring and the species’ monogamous nature. The selection process involves meticulous identification of birds of suitable age (preferably 2-3 years old) and ensuring overall good health. Simultaneously, conservation staff recheck release sites, conduct observations, and prepare habituation enclosures for a smooth transition. Once a bird is ready for release, a microchip is implanted into its neck for monitoring and protection efforts.
Habituation Period and Nest Box Preparation
The preparation continues with birds staying in habituation enclosures for 2-3 months, depending on various factors. After adaptation, the release occurs, allowing the birds to fly out of the enclosure over a time period of approximately one day. Nest boxes are prepared in advance, taking into account Bali Starlings’ inability to build nests themselves, and their tendency to use abandoned nests from other birds, often those of woodpeckers.
Challenge and Solution
Challenges have arisen due to limitations in finding suitable release locations and the territorial nature of Bali Starlings, preventing releases within 200 metres of previous areas in Melinggih Kelod. Begawan addresses this by exploring new potential areas within Melinggih Kelod, which are essential to mitigate shortages in safe release spaces.
The decision to release Bali Starlings in pairs, instead of flocks, is driven by the challenges associated with monitoring and the organisation’s commitment to preventing inbreeding in the wild. This strategic approach ensures a more focused and effective release process, minimising the risk of losing track of the released Bali Starlings until they settle in their natural habitat, all while preserving their monogamous nature.