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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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A hornbill over dawn-lit mountains

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A hornbill over dawn-lit mountains
(April 26, 2021) Article by Gokul GK Arunachal Pradesh’s Sahitya Akademi Award-winning writer, Mamang Dai, wrote in her poem, Floating Island:The sloping mountain is trying to reach mestretching down into the water.Dear one, don’t go away.Rest, rest on my shoulder.Deep in my centre a woman is asleeppressing her cheek on my pillowvivid with dreams.The birds of summer are nesting in her breast.Arunachal. Land of dawn-lit mountains, green valleys and blue rivers, birds and orchids, and love and war...

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Disappearing Turtles

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Disappearing Turtles
(April 21, 2021) Article by Gokul G. K. Freshwater Turtles On 31 January 2021, a team of Railway Protection Force (RPF) seized three bags containing 100 alive Indian flapshell turtles from platform No. 3 of Koderma Railway Station in Koderma district of Jharkhand. This turtle is a protected species under Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. Two weeks later, on 13 February, at least 12 flapshell turtles were found dead in Sarsai Nawar Wetland of Etawah district. These consec...

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Interview with Ganesh H. Shankar – Part 1

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Interview with Ganesh H. Shankar – Part 1
(April 19, 2021) (Interviewed by Sourabha Rao)Some conversations trigger a renewed quest for the light of knowing. Without clinging to the need for answers, one learns the humility to comprehend the questions in the first place. It is precisely this thirst for understanding the world and our own place in it that Ganesh H. Shankar‘s words and work evoke in us. I call him, ‘a scientist of thought’.An ardent practitioner of an art-form that tries to capture life in all its details between light an...

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We all have a role to play in wildlife conservation – Mr. Surendra Kumar

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We all have a role to play in wildlife conservation – Mr. Surendra Kumar
(April 12, 2021) Recently, we had the pleasure of interviewing the Rtd. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) & Chief Wildlife Warden of Kerala Forest Department, Mr. Surendra Kumar.(Interviewed by Sourabha Rao)In his recollections are his early days, his experience of being an IFS officer in Kerala, the challenges wildlife has been facing in the state and the measures that the forest department is taking to curb them, a work of short fiction he has authored, his assertion that conservation NGOs ...

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What is happening to India’s forest cover?

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What is happening to India’s forest cover?
(March 21, 2021)  In November 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Brazil's Amazon rainforest suffered the worst fires in a decade. According to a report in The Guardian, ‘Fires in Brazil’s Amazon increased 13% in the first nine months of 2020 compared to a year ago, as the rainforest region experiences its worst rash of blazes in a decade.’But it is not just Amazon. 2020 recorded many cases of forest fires around the globe. In India, the Uttarakhand forest fires caused significant dam...

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