Understanding Nesting Ecology and Conservation of Asian Woollyneck (Ciconia episcopus) in the Mid-hills of Nepal

Understanding Nesting Ecology and Conservation of Asian Woollyneck (Ciconia episcopus) in the Mid-hills of Nepal

Project Animal(s) : Asian Woollyneck
Project Category : Birds
Project Region : Asia
Project Type : Conservation
Project URL : https://www.iofpc.edu.np/
Project is timebound? : Yes

Project Start Date : March 28, 2018

Asian Woollyneck (Ciconia episcopus) is globally distributed in South and South-East Asia. In Nepal, it has been recorded from Suklaphanta National Park (Baral and Inskipp, 2009) in far-west to Birtamod, Jhapa District (Halberg 1994) in the far-east (Inskipp et al, 2016). Limited data is available about breeding biology of Asian Woollyneck, and given that the species is Vulnerable (BirdLife International, 2016), hence studies on its ecology are necessary to implement sound conservation measures. This project is designed to understand the nesting habitat and ecology of Asian Woollyneck and to encourage organized efforts at local level. This project will be carried out in two unexplored district of mid hills of Nepal; Pyuthan and Arghakhanchi.

This project will contribute in ecological study of this species and specific conservation intervention. Scientific documentation of nesting habitat and behaviour will be done through this project. The capacity building, bird identification and monitoring workshop with communities around nesting locality will be conducted to encourage locals to take stewardship of the bird conservation. “Science and Community” campaign will be conducted to bring science closer to community while “Asian Woollyneck photo bank campaign” will aid to gather national concern for the conservation of this species.

Project Agency : The Institute of Forestry, Pokhara Campus

Project Researcher : Prashant Ghimire

Project Researcher Contact : [email protected]