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Tape seagrass: A magical ecosystem that is neglected

(March 29, 2019) A major carbon sink underwater, seagrass ecosystems need to be understood better if they are to be conserved.Tape seagrass at Henry LawrenceRecent dire warnings from the World Meteorological Organisation say that impacts of global warming are accelerating and driving global temperatures to dangerous levels. At around the same time, the International Energy Agency also reported that carbon emissions in 2018 were up by 1.7% due to growth in energy use.The carbon levels which were 357 ppm in 1993 a...

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Seasoned ‘Warriors of the Wild’

(March 26, 2019) Despite tough conditions under which they work, they plod on and face the most daunting prospects with calmness and courage.WCS-India/HyTiCoS team setting up camera-trapTemperatures are a blazing 40 deg C. The dry, deciduous forest landscape is stark and offers not much shade from the sun’s relentless scorching. Often it feels like the hot air from a hair dryer is directed onto the face, in the words of one volunteer. Added to that there is the terrain which comes with flat grounds neatly ...

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When a community takes up conservation

(March 22, 2019) A young Bishnoi strives to raise awareness on the plight of the GIB and other desert species.Written by Anisha IyerGreat Indian Bustard © WikiThe 17th largest desert in the world, the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, which is 10% of India’s biomass, is home to the Bishnoi community. They have been around since over 500 years ago. This community is extraordinary, because unlike any other, the main objective of this community is conserving Nature.It was founded by Lord Jambeshwar, who is belie...

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A glimpse of the life of the Great Hornbill

(March 15, 2019) ग्रेट हॉर्नबिल: एका आगळ्यावेगळ्या पक्ष्याच्या दुनियेची सफर-पूजा यशवंत पवाररानावनांत भटकताना आपण निसर्गाच्या जादुई दुनियेमध्ये रममाण झालो नाही तर नवलंच. कित्येक वेगेवेगळे, विविध रंगांचे, आकारांचे प्राणी-पक्षी, त्यांचे नानाविध आवाज, सवयी, इत्यादी गोष्टींमुळे प्रत्येक क्षणी नवीनचं अनुभूती असते.पक्षी निरीक्षणाचा छंद जोपासताना, वन्यजीव संशोधन करताना अनेक जंगलात भ्रमंती करायची संधी मला मिळाली. वनशास्त्राची पदवी मिळाल्यानंतर उच्च शिक्षणासाठी वन्यजीव संशोधन आणि संवर्धन हा विषय मी निवडला. ग्रेट हॉर्नबिल ...

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Sowing seeds of co-existence

(March 12, 2019) Meet Sanjay Sondhi, a conservationist working to spread awareness among communities and children.Human-leopard conflicts in the past few years have been all over the news in recent times. “Leopard Runs Loose, Terrorizing Residents”, “Leopard injures four after rampage in village in India”, “Leopard deaths at a five-year high in the country” and so on. Conservationists who are trying to mitigate such encounters have a different tale to say.Sanjay Sond...

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An Ode to Women in Conservation

(March 08, 2019) Happy Women’s Day!A tribal widowed woman with ten children, who owned nothing more than a shack in the Nagarahole forest, has gone on to be honoured as ‘super farmer’ after relocating outside. In her message of gratitude, the woman Daasi, notes how she was a ‘nothing’ inside the forest who now feels proud of her achievement and hopes more women around her will be inspired by her work.Today we see more and more women achievers, be it the defence minister or a tribal ...

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Wowed by the feathered kind

(March 05, 2019) A forest officer speaks of his love story with the birds.Arijit BanerjeeRaptors are handsome, and garden birds like flycatchers and others are very pretty, but “nothing can beat our national bird. The Peacock is god’s own,” is how Arijit Banerjee puts it. Seeing the brilliantly coloured bird in a dry deciduous forest can be breathtaking, he adds. He is an IFS officer who is an avid bird watcher whose images feature in some of the major birder portals.Watching birds is both a re...

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Gharial rescue: Coordination and teamwork the essence

(March 01, 2019) Read on to know how a team led by a woman helps rescue a gharial found with fishing nets entangled in its snout.Gharial © Arunima Singh/TSA-IndiaMost of us would think twice before going too close to a gharial, let alone rescuing one. But for the kinds of Arunima Singh, fear is secondary to the imperative of helping the odd animal sighted with fishing nets around its snout. Of course, this is no one-man or one-woman drama one usually watches on some popular television channel, but a highly ...

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The ‘Tigers of the Rivers’

(February 26, 2019) There is very little known about the ‘water dog’ which is also high on the poaching list for its fur and meat. Here is a quick glimpse into the challenges facing the species.Written by Anisha IyerIn the wild otters form small groups of two to six individuals © Wild OttersGoa is every Indian’s go-to destination for a beach vacation. People from all over the country and the world visit this small state all year long. It is also one of the smallest states in India through whi...

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A Candid brush with a Canid

(February 22, 2019) An unexpected brush with a bunch of jackals close to human habitation sets the author wondering on their fate.Written by Nishanth SrinivasIt was the last leg of a wondrous journey; a journey which took us through the lush lowland Dipterocarp rainforests reverberating with calls of gibbons and cicadas, to the mystical green hills cloaked in vibrant shades of green. It led us through small homely towns with tasty brew and delectable chicken on the fare, and along torrential rivers of myriad hues o...

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