White Bellied Heron

Save The Heron, Protect a Watershed

Confluence of Phochu (right) and Mochu (left), which together form the Punatsangchu
Three years ago, around this time of year, I was on a river excursion in Bhutan. We journeyed for a few days in Punakha, one of the country's central districts. We were there to survey two large hydropower projects that were being constructed in the habitat of the endangered White Bellied Heron, a bird found in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas. Tourists here know little about the bird; they come to see the monastery and government headquarters that were built at the picturesque confluence of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, the headwaters of the Punatsangchu River. Confluence of Phoch
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