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Conservation efforts play a crucial role in preserving our planet’s biodiversity, and the Bali Starling Conservation Program is an example of how protecting endangered species can be achieved through community involvement. 

Engaging the Community: A Shared Responsibility

One of the cornerstones of the Bali Starling Conservation Program is the active participation of the local community. Recognising that conservation requires collective efforts, Begawan recently installed a habituation enclosure near the rice fields in Banjar Bayad. This location, abundant with vegetation, provides an ideal habitat for a pair of Bali Starlings to forage for food.

Habituation enclosure installation in the rice field area in Bayad
Habituation enclosure installation in the rice field area in Bayad

The Experience: Bridging Sustainability and Tourism

In recent years, Begawan has initiated “The Experience”, which intertwines our programs with sustainable tourism. Catering to both local and international visitors, the program allows individuals to witness firsthand our dedication in preserving the Bali Starling. Guests are invited to engage in the daily care activities of the Bali Starlings, including feeding them. The pinnacle of this immersive experience is the opportunity to observe the released Bali Starlings in the natural surroundings of Begawan’s regenerative rice fields. This month, visitors have also witnessed the installation of habituation cages, a collaborative effort involving the local community, in line with Begawan’s community-based conservation principles.

The Experience Program Highlights

“The Experience” program encompasses a broad range of activities. Guests can embark on a Birdwalk and visit the Breeding Centre, strolling through the rice fields while observing a number of free-flying bird species. The journey culminates at the Breeding Centre, where visitors can witness the efforts undertaken to ensure the Bali Starling’s survival.

Breeding Centre
Breeding Centre

Another program offered is the ‘Visit Learning Centre’, where guests can witness the meaningful educational initiatives provided to the children of Melinggih Kelod, the village where Begawan is located. By exposing children to many opportunities and activities from an early age, Begawan aims to foster broader choices for their futures.

Visit Learning Centre
Visit Learning Centre

The ‘Visit Regenerative Rice Fields, Subak Temple and Permaculture Garden’ program allows guests to observe Begawan’s agricultural initiatives. Guests can actively engage in traditional farming activities, gaining insights into sustainable practices while immersing themselves in the rich cultural heritage of the Subak Temple.

Visit Release Centre at the Begawan Farm Area
Visit Release Centre at the Begawan Farm Area

The Impact of “The Experience”

“The Experience” programs have had an impact on numerous individuals, offering them educational opportunities, a chance to reconnect with nature and a deeper understanding of the importance of conservation. The positive outcomes extend beyond the participants themselves, as the active involvement of the community ensures that the values of environmental preservation are passed down to future generations. (Adrian)

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