|Date||4 Jun 2018|
Hornbills are magnificent birds, long persecuted for their unique beak, the casque. Keeping the forests alive and thriving with their frugivorous feeding habit and seed dispersal, Hornbills nest only is tree cavities. The females enclose themselves inside tree cavities to lay eggs, incubate, hatch and care for their young. It’s the male’s duty to feed the females and the chicks from the outside the opening of the cavity.
This project will initiate conservation strategies and put forward young students of the community as citizen scientists to directly take part in saving hornbills and their natural habitats in eastern Tarai belt of Nepal. Multiple surveys will be carried out with the help of these citizen scientists and some surveys will be run entirely by the citizen scientists themselves. Artificial Nests will be installed and monitored alongside natural nests by the citizen scientists and they will also collect important scientific data. In situ conservation strategies will be implemented with heavy participation of stakeholders.
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