Scientist, Eastern Himalaya
Aparajita has been involved in research and conservation in Arunachal Pradesh since 1995 and a primary focus of her work has been on hornbills. Her main interests include plant–animal interactions in rainforests, understanding anthropogenic effects on wildlife, and engaging with tribal communities for conservation.
Linking rural energy and conservation
Linking rural energy and nature conservation in a tribal village
Pakke Nature Information Centre
A new learning and activity centre for visitors to Pakke Tiger Reserve
- Book ChapterIn pressTop-down or bottom-up: the role of the government and local institutions in regulating shifting cultivation in the Upper Siang district, Eastern Himalaya, India (in press)Shifting Cultivation and Environmental Change: Indigenous People, Agriculture and Forest Conservation (Ed: Malcolm Cairns), Published by Routledge.
- Poster2019How Hornbills Breed: Great HornbillsDownload
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Wreathed Hornbills poster up here: http://ncf-india.org/publications/1100
- Poster2019How Hornbills Breed: Wreathed HornbillsDownload
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Great Hornbills poster up here: http://ncf-india.org/publications/1101
- Journal Article2018Hornbill Watch: A citizen science initiative for Indian hornbillsIndian Birds, 14:65-70Download
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Hornbills are conspicuous and well-known birds with nine species occurring in India. While several hornbill species have been studied extensively in some parts of India, there is a knowledge gap about their distribution, population size, and adaptations to rapidly changing habitats. Most research and conservation efforts are often focused on single or few species within protected areas. Hornbill Watch (henceforth, HW) is an online platform created specifically to record public sightings of hornbills from anywhere in India. The idea is to encourage birders, nature enthusiasts, and photographers to share information on hornbill presence, behaviour, and conservation-related issues. The main objective is to generate baseline information using sight records and enable long-term monitoring of these species by encouraging citizen participation. HW was launched in June 2014, and up to February 2017 had received 938 records from 430 contributors across India, from 26 States and three Union Territories. States from where most sightings were reported were Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh. Species were reported from both inside (41%), and outside Protected Areas (59%; henceforth, PA). Hornbills were reported from 70 PAs. Fifty-one records of nesting were reported for all species from inside and outside PAs, while 27 records of communal roosting were reported for some species. The data obtained thus far has yielded some useful information and insights,and has the potential for enhancing our understanding of current hornbill distribution patterns, and for identifying important sites for conservation/protection.
- Report2018Hornbill Nest Adoption Program - 2018 Breeding SeasonHNAP 2018 Report
- Report2017Hornbill Watch Report June 2014 to February 2017June 2017, www.hornbills.in
- Popular Article2017Current Conservation Volume No. 11.4
- Report2017Hornbill Nest Adoption Program - 2017 Breeding SeasonHNAP 2017 Report
- Report2016Hornbill Nest Adoption Program - 2016 breeding seasonHNAP 2016 Report
- Popular Article2016Unlikely giants of the canopyJLR Explore online article, October 1, 2016Download
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