Community involvement is paramount to protect Begawan Foundation's released and wild Bali Starlings. In April 2016, we conducted community socialisation and education for employees of PT Bamboo and Big Tree Farms chocolate factory. Our community socialisation program also involved giving interactive powerpoint presentations to Young Banjar Leaders in several districts in Sibang Kaja to give them the knowledge of the importance of the Bali Starling to Bali and their community.
Conservation, however, requires more than just protecting the one species. Begawan Foundation takes a holistic approach with the goal to show how protection of the environment involves taking care of both flora and fauna to support a balanced ecosystem. Unfortunately, plastic waste is still an enormous problem in Bali, and during the wet season, the waste flushed down to the rivers will find its way to coast, with the beaches and the ocean inundated with waste, most of which is plastic. The scene of rubbish filled beaches has made headlines worldwide, and is indeed bad for the tourism industry upon which 40% of Balinese rely. Our Eco Warriors take great delight in going out on excursions to clear up rubbish, and it has become almost an automatic response when seeing rubbish polluting an area!
Both the Breeding and Release Centre and the Learning Centre rely on donations to assist in the running of activities.
Lend A Hand
We accept volunteer applications all year round. It's a great opportunity for anyone who is keen to learn about our Conservation and Education activities here at Begawan Foundation.