Wildlife

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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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.

Biofuels, Alternate energy

Preparation of Biomass Briquettes for Gasification

Posted by Jishu Kinkar Medhi on July 22, 2013

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Steps for briquette formation

·        Collectionof biomass in required quantity

·        Eliminationof any unwanted stuffs from the biomass and subsequently making it free fromany dirt and soil

·        Grindingthe biomass into fine particles

·        Passingthe biomass through sieve to eliminate large chunks of biomass that might bepresent in it

·        Preparationof slurry by mixing the biomass with binder and water

·        Mouldingof briquettes in small size from the prepared slurry

·        Dryingof briquettes


Procedure

The first step for briquetteformation is the preparation of slurry. Slurry is the mixture of biomass withbinder and water. For making the slurry, a fixed quantity of binder is firstmixed with water and made into a sticky paste. The amount of water added shouldjust be enough to make it a paste. After that, the biomass particles must beadded to it in required quantity following which the ingredients are thoroughlymixed to make the slurry.

The slurry thus formed must now bemoulded into briquettes while it is still soft. Moulding of briquettes may bedone in two ways – either by hand or by machine. In our case, briquettes weremoulded by hand only.

The briquettes thus prepared are verysoft and wet at the beginning and capable of deformation due to the highmoisture content. Therefore they are required to be kept in the open or underthe sun to dry. Generally they are kept for about 2 weeks in the sun to dry offand become hard and solid. While drying, it is important to take care that thebriquettes are not subjected to any kind of interference or otherwise be tamperedwith which might spoil the briquettes.

Wildlife Poaching

Request for actionable info

Posted by Ravi Damodaran on July 19, 2013

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I have just joined this club and as a volunteer to the Wild Life Crime Control Bureau, I am empowered to collect intelligence and pass on to the respective Dy Directors (North, South, East or West). I would appreciate members who have some cogent information to pass it on to me, without revealing your name or location ( for your own safety).

Thank you.

Ravi Damodaran

Professional Writer, Columnist & Editor and Amateur Wild Life
photographer. 9962007960 (chennai) Add 0 for STD calls

Nature Heals

Kedar Valley

Posted by Susan Sharma on July 12, 2013

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Take a peep into the Beautiful Kedar Valley.   It got devastated by the recent floods of June 2013.  It needs Healing.   Here is a call to join an Effort to Rebuid

http://www.slideshare.net/susansharma/kedarnath-wild-life-sanctuary

Climate change and Global Warmimg

Can Environmentalists think?

Posted by Susan Sharma on July 12, 2013

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"Nature is far more imaginative than we are," Stamatios Krimigis, the eminent Johns Hopkins physicist, said  when readings from the Voyager spacecraft failed to match expectations for what it would find at the far edge of the solar system. That kind of humility in the face of data is tough for today's environmentalists, who have staked so much on their own models, predictions and certitudes.

It's a pity. The world needs a credible environmental movement. Conservation matters. So does the quality of water and air. In China and Russia today environmentalists have mounted the most effective (and often the most courageous) critique of the toxic combination of coercive states and corrupt businesses. In the developed world, urban life has been massively improved thanks to a keener environmental awareness.

Read more at
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323368704578593562819939112.html

Corporates and Environment

How you Can Help our Planet Earth Remain Green

Posted by Deepak HM on July 10, 2013

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There’s a lot you may have heard about ‘going green’, or contributing for a pollution-free environment in general. However, getting active for it is a completely different ball game. If you want to do something effective, you might find the option of Champions Group triggering you off for Go Green Run the best available.

Share if you care

Since many may not find it possible to complete the 10km race, we help you accomplish the same through team relays. It goes without saying that relays promote team spirit.

Go Green essentially is…

Planting as many saplings as possible, which will hopefully add to the greenery of the city. Besides that, as a digital marketing company, we want to ensure that our effort makes for the biggest leap one has seen towards a pollution-free world.

Social Responsibility

Your support for the event is your support for society and its well-being. How else can you contribute for a better environment? This Run could be the best effort from your end.

These are some of the societal values that set an example for the people around you. You’ll also realize many corporate values that add multiple feathers to your corporate cap. 

Fulfill a corporate responsibility

By participating in the race, you don’t just help the environment, but help your organization achieve its corporate goals or “Team Strength”. Stronger teams make stronger organizations. Team relays are the mantra for a stronger team.

Above all, this serves as one of your treasured opportunities.

Join us at Go Green Run on July 20 and add a great deal more meaning to your concern for the environment.

Reuse and Recycle

Jaipur famous for its GEMs-------------Now Has a Unique GEM - 'Purushottam'

Posted by Shashi Kant Sharma on July 08, 2013

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Yes the name of this Gem is 'Purushottam' i.e., purush+Uttam (the Man who excells among all Men) and he is the Priest of the Shiva Temple in Jaipur. He excelled all Men/Priests (?) too by taking his devotion/reverence to the Lord beyond the ordinary. He noticed that hundreds of gallons of Water and Milk poured for the 'abhisheka' of the ShivLing was flowing into the passage used by the devotees, ending up under their feet and into the drains...........Out of the Box thinking by this Gem led him to persuading all concerned to harvest this holy water/milk...........Having done that 4+ years ago for his temple, not only has he had the satisfaction of seeing the locality handpump starting to pump water, but also helped him convince managements of other temples and get them to adopt the best practice  he devised.......That is truly socially responsible living and devotion with mindfulness- a story that may become a part of talks on CSR and this truly is a good example of TSR (Temple social responsibility). Great power to his 'aarti-holding hand' and devotion
Must thank Times of India who discovered Purushottam, his Shiva Temple and published the story. 
Read it on the following link
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-05-28/news/39580718_1_water-harvesting-system-temple-priest-shiva-temple

Eco-tour

Flash Flood in Kakragad....need HELP!

Posted by Santanil Ganguly on June 20, 2013

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From the phone call I received from Mr. Tashpal Singh Negi of
Uttarakhand today in the morning, I came to know that his Mandakini
Magpie Bird Watcher's Camp has been washed away by the Mandakini flash
flood. The destruction of this wonderful bird camp is a heart breaking
news to all the bird lovers. By helping Mr. Negi form this camp once
again, we shall be helping us all. One can contact him at and send
help to:
Yashpal Singh Negi
Kakragad
PO Bhiri
Dist. Rudraprayag
Uttarakhand 246419
India
Mobile No. 09412909399
Bank Acctt. Detail
SBI - Bhiri, Code - 9834, Acctt. No. 11442534733



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