Seijosa to host Pakke Page Hornbill festival

NAHARLAGUN, Aug 10: The three-day Pakke Page Hornbill Festival, one of the most important festivals to promote conservation of state bird Hornbill, has been proposed to begin at Seijosa from January 18 next.

Pakke-Kesang MLA Biyuram Wage told a meeting here on Thursday and stressed the need for younger generations to come forward in preservation of rich flora and fauna of this Himalayan state.

Hornbills help in pollination of generation of flora and fauna in the environment; he said to underscore the importance of the festival.

Pointing out that the GoAP has included it as a calendar event, PPHF celebration committee chairman Takam Nabam said that the event would be celebrated with great enthusiasm and sought support of pne and all.

PPHFCC members Pakke Wild life Sanctuary DFO Tana Tapi, Pakke Kessang Intellectual Forum chairman Tayum Tok, among others, also spoke. (DIPRO)

India’s lone hornbill sanctuary

AONS adds: It may be mentioned here that Pakke Wildlife Sanctuary in East Kameng district is famous for its Hornbill Sanctuary the only one in India which draws tourists, bird lovers, researchers and ornithologists from far and wide to have a glimpse of the majestic bird.

India’s incredible hornbills nestled in the sanctuary, set up in 2011 by visionary scientists, village heads and forest officers looking to protect the bird, while local Nyishi tribe has maintained a prolific legacy of protecting the unique bird. Pakke boasts of four species, namely great hornbills, wreathed, oriental pied and rufous-necked, listed 10 Schedule l of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, while the last variety is a globally threatened bird species.
The Hornbill Nest Protectors’ Team is an exemplary model of community conservation. The 11-member-strong team locates and monitors hornbill nests on the fringes of Pakke Tiger Reserve. Comprising only local Nyishi villages, many of them erstwhile hunters, the team has since overseen the successful fledging of hornbill chicks for three years with 90% nesting success.

Each member monitors specific trees and ensures that no harm comes to the birds. Such measures are helping protect hornbills and their habitat outside the park, where tree felling and other human activities are prevalent. The success of this programme has been supplemented by a pre-existing community ban on hunting of hornbills and replacement of fiberglass hornbill casques in place of original ones used in their traditional headgear.

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