As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Artificial Nesting Platform Brings Hope For Greater Adjutant Conservation

By From Our Correspondent On Dec 14, 2017

GUWAHATI: In an innovative initiative by conservation group, Aaranyak here towards conservation of globally endangered Greater Adjutant Stork species, an artificial nesting platform has been provided for the bird at a conservation site near here.

Twenty-seven tear-old conservation and research group Aaranyak, a member organisation of the IUCN, which celebrated the breeding season of this endangered bird species through a happy hatching ceremony with villagers at its conservation site a few days ago, is happy over the success its first of its kind experiment of using artificial nesting platform for the bird species.

 It has been observed that lack of proper nesting tree is a major problem for this bird. Greater adjutant is a globally threatened bird and current global population is about 1200birds. Assam harbours about 700 to 800 birds of this species and considered as its global stronghold. 
In Assam, this colonial nesting bird make its nesting colonies in privately owned nesting trees in the middle of the villages.  Many nesting trees were either cut down by villagers in last several years from many historical breeding colonies in Assam or some of them destroyed due to natural causes.

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