Hargilla Army, a conservation brigade of 70 local women of
Hargilla army members worked with the local community to conserve these birds. They organized informal meetings with the local people and informed them about the bird’s role in the environment. They also highlighted the importance of the bird in the Hindu mythology, as Lord Vishnu’s mount.
After the families of the village were convinced to save the nesting trees, the people developed a sense of ownership and since 2010 no one has cut down a tree. As per the study led by a wildlife biologist around 550 of these big birds live in three villages. This kind of large number of nests has not been recorded in other parts of
Hargilla Army has won the United Nations Development Program