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Armed conflicts – a threat to wildlife

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Armed conflicts – a threat to wildlife
(June 07, 2021) War and armed civil strife are a cause of widespread human suffering. But armed conflicts also pose a significant but under-recognised threat to thousands of mammal and bird species, according to a new study published in the journal, Conservation Letters. The study was conducted by researchers from Wildlife Conservation Society-India (WCS-India), Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and Panthera, by analysing maps of regions of armed conflicts, species geogra...

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Perspective on Priorities: An Interview with Dr. Jayanand Derekar

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Perspective on Priorities: An Interview with Dr. Jayanand Derekar
(June 03, 2021) By Sourabha RaoSometimes, all it takes to make a world of difference to an entire community is a man of principles. This is a conversation with one such man from a little hamlet called Joida in Karnataka that, in his time as a student, did not even have a degree college or public transportation. And from such a little town, he went on to become the first person in his community to earn a Ph.D.Meet Dr. Jayanand Derekar, who has been actively involved with us in conservation work across the Mysore...

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ವಿಸ್ಮಯಲೋಕದ ನಾವಿಕರು/Sailors of the Amazing World (Part 3)

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ವಿಸ್ಮಯಲೋಕದ ನಾವಿಕರು/Sailors of the Amazing World (Part 3)
(May 31, 2021) (ಮುಂದುವರೆದ ಭಾಗ…) ಲೇಖಕರು: ಸತೀಶ ಗಣೇಶ ನಾಗಠಾಣ ದಂಡಕಾರಣ್ಯದ ಸುತ್ತ ಚಲಿಸುವ ಹೆಜ್ಜೆಗಳು! (ಭಯ, ಕೂತುಹಲ, ಹಾಸ್ಯ) ಎಷ್ಟೊಂದು ಚಳಿ ಇದೆ ಇವತ್ತು ಅಬ್ಬಾ! ಮೈ ಕೊರೆಯುವಂತಹ ಚಳಿ, ಇಂತಹ ಚಳಿ ಮೈಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹೊಕ್ಕಿದ್ದರಿಂದ ಗಡಗಡ ನಡಗುತ್ತ ಮಾಡುವ ನೃತ್ಯ ನೋಡೋರ ಕಣ್ಣಿಗೆ ಹಾಸ್ಯ ಉಂಟು ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಂತೂ ಸತ್ಯ. ಅದೋ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಗಿರಿ ವನ್ಯಜೀವಿ ಅರಣ್ಯಧಾಮ ಶೋಲಾ ಕಾಡುಗಳಿಂದ ಆವರಿಸಿದ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಕಾನನ. ಈ ಶೋಲಾ ಕಾಡುಗಳನ್ನು ನೋಡುವ ಹುಮ್ಮಸ್ಸು, ಉತ್ಸುಕತೆ ಎಲ್ಲರಲ್ಲಿ ಮನೆ ಮಾಡಿತ್ತು. ಒಂದರ್ಥದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೇಳುವುದಾದರೆ ಮೈ ಜುಮ್ಮೆನ್ನಿಸುವ ರಮಣೀಯ ಸ್ವರ್ಗ ಅಂತಲೇ ಹೇಳಬಹುದು. ನಿತ್ಯ ಹರಿದ್ವರ್ಣದ ಮತ್ತು...

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Rhapsodies of dust and colour, light and shadow: Interview with Rahul Sachdev

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Rhapsodies of dust and colour, light and shadow: Interview with Rahul Sachdev
(May 24, 2021) Interview by Sourabha Rao When artists are brimming with love and respect for nature and its many marvels, when art revels in the artist’s humility, the joy that spreads through human creativity will know no bounds. This singular joy that stems from Earth’s beauty will bring the misty realms of Hokkaido, the vast and stunning savannahs of Africa, the sprawling salt plains of Kutch, the mysterious depths of Corbett to an eager beholder’s receptive mind and heart, and then t...

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World Bee Day 2021

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World Bee Day 2021
(May 20, 2021) Article curated by: Samriddha GhoshEvery year since 2018, on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the Slovenian beekeeper Anton Jansa (1734-1773), the pioneer of modern beekeeping, May 20th is celebrated as ‘World Bee Day’ across the globe to raise awareness about the significance of bees and beekeeping. These tiny buzzing hymenopteran insects display eusociality, which is the highest level of organisation of sociality amongst living animals. They have unique haplodiploid breedin...

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Birds of Chopta - Week 2

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Birds of Chopta - Week 2
(May 18, 2021) This week in the ‘Birds of Chopta’ series, we bring you these seven birds and poetry dedicated to the beauty and grace of each one of them.Poems by Sourabha Rao. Photo courtesy shared below each image.1. Rufous-bellied woodpecker© Aditya Chavanall these trees in the worldand a world that a tree isa tap or two for some sapan insect or two for this visitor’s bellyjust what it needs, without indulgencethere is a whole lot more the world offersthan we can ever takefor now, loo...

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The Himalayas and Climate Change

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The Himalayas and Climate Change
(May 14, 2021) Article by Gokul G. K. Google the word ‘biodiversity’ and the first set of photos to appear on your screen would be either of a thick green rainforest or a blue-green ocean. So, why are we here talking about snow-covered mountains, which look seemingly unfriendly towards life? You might be surprised to know that the Himalayas, which Include the entire Indian Himalayan Region (IHR), is one among the four biodiversity hotspots in the country (the Western Ghats, the Indo-Burma regi...

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Birds of Chopta - Week 1

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Birds of Chopta - Week 1
(May 12, 2021) In this new weekly series, we bring to you some Himalayan beauty in the form of Aves that inhabit the great, reticent mountains in Chopta, along with poetry dedicated to them.This week, we bring to your eyes the wonder of colours that these seven winged creatures are. We hope you enjoy this series.Poems by Sourabha Rao. Photo courtesy shared below each image.1. Himalayan monal© Baiju Patilthe grace of iridescence and the sudden fire of the taila body painted so by life’s intelligencet...

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When the work itself is the reward: Govindappa H. L.

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When the work itself is the reward: Govindappa H. L.
(May 06, 2021) Interview by Sourabha Rao“If conservation were to be considered a cricket field, you could call me an all-rounder,” says Govindappa H. L., somewhat shyly. And when you listen to him for the next half hour or so, you will realise just how befitting that analogy is. Hailing from a humble village called Hiregonigere in Davanagere, Karnataka, Govindappa has been working with us since 2013. He is actively involved in conservation work across Mysuru landscape. His contributions ever s...

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Interview with Ganesh H. Shankar – Part 2

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Interview with Ganesh H. Shankar – Part 2
(April 28, 2021) Read Part 1 here.(Interviewed by Sourabha Rao) 4. Is there a concrete concept called ‘style’? If there really is one, what is it that a photographer needs to strive for? Should that be a drive-force for one to set out with a camera at all?This topic of ‘style’ often comes up in the world of art. Photography is no different. Is there a ‘style’? I think so, since every one of us have differently coded genes. Being overly conscious about it ensures we are lo...

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