Environment Awareness

Losing Habitat of Migratory Birds : Mote Majra, Mohali, Punjab, India

Posted by salil sharma on November 11, 2013

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Losing Habitat of Migratory Birds : Mote Majra

Mote Majra is a small village near Mohali which boasts of having  a rich fauna and flora too especially a great variety of birds. Last week there was a photograph with a caption

“ Winged Guests Are Here; Migratory Birds At Mote Majra in Mohali” by Vicky Gharu  in The Tribune. These migratory birds are not here for the entire winter but for a halt on their great migratory leap. So we planned to visit the visitors this weekend. To our utter surprise we could not locate even a single out of the flock despite waiting patiently for a long time. Yes there were some other birds of course like the common kingfisher, red wattle lapwing, Intermediate egret; Black winged Kite,Crow Pheasants and cormorants.

After a long wait we finally approached a local villager who told us that a person has hired the local pond on a contract for fishing and has put some people to work for him to put a net all over the pond so that the migratory birds are unable to catch the fish. This labour has been hired for an amount of 30000/. Now with no food on arrival, the migratory birds have no option but to carry on their migration path ahead. It’s really disheartening to see such human interference.

Water Bodies are providing the habitat to the local and migratory bird species and playing key role in maintaining the balance in natural environmental parameters. The human activities and interference are destroying the natural water bodies' characteristics thereby depriving the migratory birds of their natural habitat  at many places. There is a need to study such aquatic ecosystems for understanding the gravity of environmental problems and to find solutions to improve the habitat of migratory birds which directly help in protecting the bird species. The governments of such places should come forward to save the natural environment.

 

 

Anthropomorphism

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Posted by hariom on November 06, 2013

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General

You and I can save the World.

Posted by Arindam Aditya on October 29, 2013

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For those people who are not interested in Wildlife-
         It is not necessary to you that you have to love wildlife or interest in wildlife. But just one request, Don't kill them or harm them. Animals are not harmful until you disturb them, so live them their own life. 

Nature Heals

i am very interested in thistype of activity.

Posted by mayur on October 21, 2013

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hi i am mayur jariwala.

i just join wild life because i love wild life and nature.

Bio-Diversity

Save the gene pool - " I want to change the world - Nothing is Impossible "

Posted by Arvind Kumar S. Shukla on September 28, 2013

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Save The Gene Pool - " I want to change the world - Nothing is Impossible "

Emerging from the Gene Pool : Experience Life

A large gene pool indicates high genetic diversity, increased chances of biological fitness, and survival. A small gene pool indicates low genetic diversity, reduced chances of acquiring biological fitness, and increased possibility of extinction. 


Gene pool increases when mutation occurs and survives. Gene pool decreases when the population size is significantly reduced (e.g. famine, genetic disease, etc.). Some of the consequences when gene pool is small are low fertility, and increased probability of acquiring genetic diseases and deformities. 

Gene pool gives an idea of the number of genes, the variety of genes and the type of genes existing in a population. It can be used to help determine gene frequencies or the ratio between different types of genes in a population.

Eco-tour

Tribal Camp @ pench tiger reserve MP

Posted by sandeep on September 21, 2013

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This camp spells true to its nature and gives the ultimate feel of being with the nature ... the wooden machaans and the decks behind each room overlooking the forest is awesome.. to feel the place log on to www.penchtribalcamp.com

Wildlife

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Posted by Augwin Deepak on September 19, 2013

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some of my photography
in Tamil Nadu, udumalpet near

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LIFE YOU LOVE

Posted by Nithilan Paul on September 17, 2013

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Love for wildlife

                   The most important factors that makes the very existence of mankind on earth possible and enchanting, are the life forms surrounding us. We share this planet with numerous plants and animals but we seldom find time to cherish the beauty of them. Everyone must at some time, take a break from what they do for a living and live with nature, with all her wonderful creatures.

                    I would like to share some of my experiences, photographs of creatures of such beauty and elegance that we find around us. According to me, it is not necessary for people to take a long and expensive vacation to get a taste of this world. Instead, these can be observed around us, next to where we live… at our native village.. at our workplace etc.

                    Hence please do read and express your opinions and share your experiences with me.

Love for little creatures

Dear readers,

 How many of you would agree with my opinion that, of all the creatures, reptiles (lizards, snakes, etc,.) and insects are highly detested and most of the times, killed for no apparent reason by humans. We are not aware of the chaos that will follow as a result of uncontrolled destruction of these life forms. Lower life forms such as insects,reptiles and amphibians  (eg :frogs, toads,.etc) form the very foundation of nature’s food chain and as a matter of fact, they are the core of life’s existence on earth.

                    These creatures such as snakes, lizards etc,. are not vicious killers as they are pictured or feared to be. But on the other way, they help us by keeping in check the population of pests.

                     Here I write about one such creature…  the SAND BOA. These snakes are found in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and in parts of African continents.

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                                                                                                                   - Photo by Nithilan Paul.

 

This particular snake in absolutely non-poisonous and harmless. It lives on small animals like rats, mice, moles, lizards, frogs and insects. It constricts the prey and swallows the prey. This snake helps in controlling rat population and other pests, hence a friend of farmers. But the sad part is that these snakes are often mistaken as poisonous and killed. These snakes also deserve the right to live and they must not be harmed. People who are ignorant about snakes must be educated about the role of snakes in the eco-system.

                 So dear readers, whenever you come across snakes about to be harmed, please do act to conserve them and preserve the eco-system.

  Pest control agency of nature        …

Most of us are familiar with garden lizards. Unlike the ones that we find on our walls, these creatures live mostly in the trees. They eat up insects such as grass hoppers and worms that destroy crops thereby acting as natural pest controlling agents. These creatures are well adapted to different environments and they vary accordingly.

Below is the photograph of a Green Forest Lizard, found at a farm. These lizards are completely harmless. They are non-poisonous and they can never harm a human being. It is observed that they may display a threatening stance when they are cornered which is only for self-defense, but generally they avoid human contact.

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                                                                           - Photo by Nithilan Paul.

In the below photograph, a Green forest lizard, found in a warehouse being safely returned to the wild.                                                                 

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Yet another species, commonly found in the forests and surrounding areas is the Rock Agama. These are similar to the Green forest lizard but for a slight difference in thier habitat. These creatures live in bushes, scrub forests and on rocks. They can tolerate high temperatures and though they have some threatening tatoos on them, they never harm humans!!!

A male Rock Agama, devouring a beetle, found on the outskirts of forest in South India.

                                                 -Photo by Nithilan Paul.

 


These creatures does not need human intervention for their survival, but only their absence. By conserving their habitat i.e,. trees and scrubs, these life  forms can be protected.                                

                                 -Photo by Nithilan Paul.

                                                                                                       (A female rock agama.)

                Sometimes folks, it is good to stop by and look at a beautifully coloured reptile perched on a stone where we go for a walk. The more we observe them, the less we detest or ignore them. This simple attitude helps a lot in the conservation of these species.

Water striders / Pond skaters

 

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                                                                                                           -Photo by Nithilan Paul.

The above photograph was at a pond nearby. How many of us have ever noticed these little creatures found on lakes and ponds, skating on the water? These insects use their long legs upto twice their size to move and navigate on water surface. They use the high surface tension of water to literally walk on them!!
Surprisingly, these are predators that kill and eat small insects that fall on water like fly, bees, etc, But friends, they are harmless to humans and they certainly help in balancing the Eco-system and of course, Pest control.

-Nithilan Paul.

 

 


                 

General

Dedicated to Rani (White Indian desi dog)

Posted by smita harwani on September 06, 2013

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Itsnot easy to forget the helpless eyes of that innocent baby. Even in herchildhood stage she had understood & digested the mindset and frigidity ofthe so called humans. She doesn't have a mum but the people around her love andcare for her.

Buttoday when I saw her, she was alone with one foot badly and cruelly hurt. Herbone was visible through her swelled foot. Poor thing I thought. Even afterthis tragedy there was an element of contentment in her eyes. I am amazed how shecould be so much in peace. I couldn't see her state and busted out,immediately complaining god. I don’t know why but somewhere I found myself tobe responsible for her sufferings. She taught me a big lesson of life.

Shewas there on road – Alone – In Pain – Badly hurt – Hungry – Weak – full of dirtAnd I have a house – Quilt – Bed – Food – luxury – People around me – My mum –Friends – EVERYTHING…!!! WHY THIS INDIFFERENCE…??

Iam sure if I was in her state I would have quit long before. I don’t know aboutthe thing that is making her intention to live so strong but I lost myself toher. She is strong & tough; I tried to feed her with biscuits. She couldhardly eat them because blood was flowing out from her mouth, I don’t know howshe managed. But…. How could she understand so soon that it is uselesscomplaining… !!!

Sheis carrying so many things in herself, yet holds calmness on the face as if shealready had an experience of entire life time. She is so young yet so mature…

Books

Vikram Aditya Adventure Series

Posted by Susan Sharma on July 27, 2013

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All the eight books of Deepak Dalal (VikramAditya Adventure books) are now available at 

http://www.wildscapes.net/category-details.aspx?catId=6

Order them online.  The books are set in National Parks and Protected areas of India.  The author is an informed nature traveler who educates while telling the stories.  I enjoyed travelling with him to the distant places where the adventures of a group of teens whom you identify with as the boy or girl next door,  kept me enthralled.



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