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Assambirds Benefited from RSPB's Binocular Scheme Thanks to Mr. Chris Bowden

Photo of the binoculars we have received from Mr. Chris Bowden, RSPB. It is a Brasser Optik 8x30mm Binoculars.

RSPB's second-hand binocular scheme is helping educate people and
protect many different species in developing countries since 1985.
More than 12,000 pieces of optical equipment has distributed by RSPB
to 90 countries so far, including India.

Our thanks to Mr. Chris Bowden, International Species Recovery Officer
for RSPB & Asian Vulture Programme Director;- after we have informed
Mr. Bowden about what challenges we are facing to make a database
(this blogsite) for 'the endangered birds of Assam' without having a
computer ('Assambirds' was created on a simple mobile phone in 2011 by
using Google's old blogger interface), without expensive bird books
and information and even a pair of good binocular, Mr. Bowden promised
us to send a pair of binocular.

With Mr. Sachin Ranade (left) at Guwahati.

I'm delighted to inform you that on 4th April 2013 we have received
the binoculars from Mr. Sachin Ranade, Scientist - ''B'' of Bombay
Natural History Society and Centre Manager of Vulture Conservation
Breeding Centre at Rani in Assam. Mr. Chris Bowden sent the binoculars
to Mr. Sachin Ranade and Ranade handed it over to us at Guwahati. I'm
very happy to meet Mr. Ranade, a nice guy who gave me a lot of
inspiration, talked about vultures etc and encouraged me to continue
with my works.

Leaflet produced by the Vulture Conservation Breeding Centre, Rani, Assam

Telling you the truth - I'm very happy with the binoculars and though
the scheme name starts with 'second-hand binocular scheme', but the
binoculars are not really looked like that. The binoculars I have
recevied is powerful one from Brasser Optik with a good magnification
of 8x30mm. It will be a great help to me at bird watching in the

Once again our thanks to Mr. Chris Bowden, Mr. Sachin Ranade, RSPB and
BNHS Vulture Programme at Rani in Assam for their help and support.
Mr. Chris Bowden yesterday informed me that the binoculars were kindly
donated to RSPB by one of their members. Our thanks to that generous
member of RSPB for their help and kindness.
External Links

RSPB's Binocular Scheme for Developing Countries

Chris Bowden

Sachin Ranade

Saving Asia's Vultures from Extinction (SAVE) Programme

Vulture Programme - Bombay Natural History Society