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

Snakes

Common Snakes of Bangladesh

Posted by Shihan rahman on May 30, 2013

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Snakes are dangerous-beautifulanimal. Most of the people kill snakes recklessly. When they see it, but thetruth is not real as in case of Bangladesh, because more or less 115 species ofsnakes are found only in one order Serpentes including 7 Families, where numberof venomous species are 15 and rest of the species are non venomous, on theother hand most of the venomous snakes are sea snake, they seem does not aswell equipped to biting a man.

The main snake inhabit area aresituated in the Chittagong Hill tracts region, Sylhet region and Sundarbanregion. Some species also found all over the Bangladesh.

 The common snakes of Bangladesh are as follow

1. Jerdon’s  Blind Snake (Typhlops jerdoni), 2. Striped Keelback (Amphiesma stolatum), 3. Dog-faced Water Snake (Cerberus rynchops), 4. Common Bronzeback Tree Snake (Dendrelophistristis), 5. Indian Rat Snake (Ptyasmucosus), 6. Spectacled / Binocellate Cobra (Naja naja) 7. Banded Sea Snake (Hydrophisfasciatus)

Most of the cases people death bybiting of Binocellate cobra (Naja naja), Common Krait (Bungarus caeruleus ),Russell’s viper (Daboia russelii )this country. Though snake kills people but people kill snakes more than theykill and the present status of snakes in Bangladesh are very much endangered,as a life being they have same right to live in nature. 

The habitat of snakes loss due toincreasing population, sharing habitat, deforestation, urbanization, extendingcrop land and over use of forest.

 

Shihan Rahman

Email: shihanrahman87@gmail.com

Bio-Diversity

Ginkgo biloba plants in India

Posted by Sheikh Gulzaar on May 17, 2013

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Ginkgo House
We arrange  environmentalists with healthy, hand-grown ginkgo seedlings for soil, water and air remediation or as fire barriers, Ginkgos help indigenous species to flourish in the world without over-taking them. Since one tree can survive for 1000 years, we recommend planting wisely!

The ginkgo tree is a true survivor or " living fossil" from the Jurassic period. It saw the dinosaurs come and go and is the onlyliving tree to survive the atomic blast at Hiroshima. It can thrive for 1000 years on polluted land while reducing taxins. Besides being a highly researched medicinal wonder, they provide disease-free ornamental shade tree or tenacious forests. They are the tree that blends our ecological history with hope for the future.

Ginkgo biloba planting material is available for distribution/purchase for Research institutions, universities, associations and NGOs and educational institutions.

For more details:The Jammu and Kashmir Medicinal Plants Introduction Centre-JKMPIC 
"Ginkgo House",Aziz Abad,Wuyan-Meej Road, Pampore PPR Jammu and Kashmir 192121
POB 667 GPO Srinagar,Residence, Srinagar SGR JK 190001
Mob:09858986794
Ph: 01933-223705
e-mail:jkmpic@gmail.com
home: http://jkmpic.blogspot.in

Bio-Diversity

The Jammu and Kashmir Medicinal Plants Introduction Centre

Posted by Sheikh Gulzaar on May 14, 2013

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The Jammu and Kashmir Medicinal Plants Introduction Centrewas established in 1991 by Botanist Sheikh Gulzaar , head , who is from an journalism background.  The institution is based in Aziz Abad village, Pampore, Jammu and Kashmir. The head of the said institution is Sheikh Gulzaar, who has done serve research in the line of medicinal plants for which he travelled from Kashmir Himalayan mountain tops as well as has crossedglaciers also and has struggled to such an extent that he has created ahistory. The Jammu and Kashmir Medicinal Plants Introduction Centre  is continuously researching since  18 years and is in research of medicinalplants and is interested to meet the expectations and needs of the nation. Not only the said The Jammu and Kashmir Medicinal Plants Introduction Centre is working in the country but throughout the world its research is going on. Mr.Sheikh Gulzaar has spent most of his life on Himalayan mountains, footsteps and river banks while he was travelling for the project.

The Head of the the Jammu and Kashmir Medicinal Plants Introduction Centre Sheikh Gulzaar is continuously in research of medicinal ,fruit plants and wild flowers  and havealso cultivated some products in his own plant introduction center as such hasdone a great job which was not even in our mind ever. Some  medicinal/fruit  plants  are Ginkgo biloba ,  Lycium barbarum ,Lavetra cashmerina , Geranium wallichiana , Cichorium intybus , Crocus sativus ,Hyoscyamusniger , Hippophae rhamnoides Inula racemosa, Iris cashmerina , Dioscorea deltodia, Salvia hians , Salvia officinalis, Salvia  moorcroftiana, Salvia sclarea , Aquilegia pubiflora, Paeonia emodi,Berberis lyceum , Epimedium elatum,  Podophyllum hexandrum , Viola odorata ,Hypericum perforatum , Peganum harmala , Aesculus indica, Ajuja  bracteosa , Sambucus wightiana, Taxus baccata, Verbascum Thapsus, Valeriana officinalis, Atropa belladonna, Atropa  acuminate, Artemisia absinthium,Achillea millefolium, Allium victoralis, Colchicum luteum,Phytolacca acinosa,Saussurea  costus, Corylus avellanaetc.

The said medicinal plants  are having a good demand not only in the country but abroad also. Buy cultivating such plants the institution  has till date provided such plants to about 34 thousand research institutions,individuals  & progressive farmers   and in this way he has helped the researchers but have provided such plants to them time to time with the result the said institution  has earned a good fame in the country as well as have given training to so many unemployed and educated youth of the country hence in this way they are able to earn their livelihood.

The institution has received about  7880 applications since 1994 for giving fulldes criptions regarding such plants as well as identity ,birth, botanical information and family structure of such plants and its benefits as well as they have been given letter of originty, Phytosanitary information & letter of authenticity , with the result such fellows have been absolutely helped in carrying  over their research forward.The real thing is to know the full description and identity of such plants which has been provided by the said. Sheikh Gulzaar , otherwise  the researchers would have not been in know of all the benefits of such plants.

As the Kashmir valey is one of the cold region of Himalaya and the season of valley is not trustworthy here remains, cold temperature, snowfall fast winds etc., with the result the public are suffering and every year huge losses  are being faced by us as well as research jobis also being  affected, because due to non-availability of high-tech green houses, so many valuable plants dies due to extensive heat or cold and we requested so many times to Government  to provideus  proper place near high altitude sothat we may be  able to cultivate other countries medicinal , wild flowers and fruit plants here also . I have also secured hundreds of seeds from Europe, Middle East and Africa and have planted them in different areas and has obtained seeds from them as well as medicines,but it is difficult as the said seeds are only being sowing in such areas where the atmosphere will be neat and clean, by this way we are not only getting help in research job but we are making it possible to cultivate such plants which has not been actually given any attention. In this research I am facing such difficulties  but also I am bearing 3-5 thousands expenses per plant/tree. E.g. I am planting a tree  near the mountains of  South Kashmir then after 2-6 months I have to take the same tree seedling. to high altitude and have to  plant in such plants a place where there will be no rush of general public or animals just keep it as a secret. When such plants become ready  then we are obtaining seeds from them and the selling them India &abroad.

Till date government of Jammu and Kashmir as has not helped us in any way, we have got on lab or other high-tech facilities  so that our job will become easy and we are not using any chemicals, fertilizer etc. for such medicinal plants nor other technology but we are dependent upon organics fertilizers  i.e. biomass, peat, manure plant leaves, tree barks but to obtain such items we have to work hard as such the public is not hesitating to purchase our seeds and our target remains always upon such medicinal plants which is having demand in the market for ever.

The basic education I have obtained fromKashmir and for higher education I went to Mumbai, Nagpur, Bangalore and have done M.Sc (Botany) and Diploma in cinema (Maharashtra), Computer Sciience and Environment Technology (Srinagar) and Mass communication/Journalism from(Delhi).

My main target is practical and Research & Development and I am feeling too much due to adverse conditions of the Himalayan state of Kashmir as I havenot  been given any help by the Govermnetof Jammu and Kashmir. As my whole job is land or  agriculture that even the same needs at high altitude. To invest for upliftment of J&K I have  to make my focus on Kashmir Himalaya for cultivating such plants to obtain medicines which can be used for Cancer disease also and second main focus will be Food Technology as our country is presently facing heavy danger of Cancer and shortage of food and I will do my struggle till last breath.

At present my main project is`` High Altitude Medicinal “ where I am working and have to collect the data and if at this time the Government will cooperate and help me than I will meet the ends of success. We must note itthat in future we will have clothes, homes but the food and medicine s will beshort as such shortage has to fulfill. We are living under the open sky that is right but living without food and medicine is IMPOSSIABLE.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Sheikh Gulzaar
The Jammu and Kashmir Medicinal Plants Introduction Centre
“Ginkgo House” Aziz Abad, Nambalbal, (Via Wuyan-Meej Road), Pampore PPR J&K 192121
(Site locations: Gulmarag, Kishtwar, Ramban, Phalgham, Sonamarag & Gauran)
Or
POB: 667 GPO Srinagar SGR J&K 190001
Ph: 01933-223705
Mob: 09858986794
e-mail: jkmpic@gmail.com
home: http://jkmpic.blogspot.com


Travel

Kakadu National Park, Australia

Posted by himanshu joshi on April 20, 2013

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Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage-listed site located in the Northern Territory of Australia, around 250 kilometres east of Darwin. Spread in an area of about 19,800 km2, the park is located within the Alligator Rivers Region of the Northern Territory of Australia. The gigantic park is as big as the size of Slovenia, about one-third the size of Tasmania, or about half the size of Switzerland. This biggest national park of Australia has much to offer: you will find here lush rainforest and rock art galleries as ancient as 50,000 years old, rugged escarpments. Love Birds! the place is for you as you can witness millions of migratory birds amongst the wetlands. Interested in wildlife and enchanted by nature’s beauty! the place shall exhibit you prehistoric crocodiles, delicate waterlilies, beautiful cascades, and thundering waterfalls. Also, you can learn about Aboriginal culture from traditional owners the Bininj/Mungguy people.

Best time to visit Kakadu : All year round except rainy season as some roads are unpassable then. Kakadu changes dramatically with the seasons.

Activities to do in Kakadu : Learn about Aboriginal art, explore rare and ancient flora and fauna, partake in adventure sports.

For more info and Video, visit-

http://musetheplace.com/kakadu-national-park-australia/

Interlinking of Rivers

Ganga-down to Earth

Posted by Dr.Susan Sharma on April 18, 2013

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............."The games started. IIT-Roorkee, represented by its Alternative Hydro
Energy Centre, disputed our conclusions. We asked why? No data was
provided on the method of estimation. But hidden in the background
sheets provided by IIT-Roorkee was data from two projects of
hydrological flow used to disprove our figures. We checked. We found to
our shock that figures of flow had been modified; suddenly there was no
water in the river in the first place, so a higher e-flow regime would
naturally mean lower energy generation. We checked again. We found that
even levelised tariff figures had been “changed” from what was provided
earlier to the committee.".....


http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/training-engineers-not-ganga

Nature Trails

Butterfly Park

Posted by Dr A P singh on April 01, 2013

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I am compiling lists of butterflies of North India,Sate-wise - Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, J & K and Himachal along with LHP (Larval Host Plants) and Nectar Plants. Anybody having schedule of Plants to be planted for attracting Butterflies and to retain them through generations, please share. You can also e-mail me @ apsingh_60@yahoo.co.in. Credits will be shared

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Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has asked the Jamsaheb of erstwhile princely state of Jamnagar, who privately owns and maintains Sir Peter Scott Nature Park, to spare wild animals for other zoos in the country.

Posted by Prashant Vaishnav on March 18, 2013

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JAMNAGAR: Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has asked the Jamsaheb of erstwhile princely state of Jamnagar, who privately owns and maintains Sir Peter Scott Nature Park, to spare wild animals for other zoos in the country.

The CZA officials have asked various zoos across the country to spare their surplus animals for other zoos to facilitate an exchange programme. The CZA's website said the nature park in Jamnagar has several surplus animals, including 121 blackbucks, 200 spotted deer, 215 nilgai, four great Indian hornbills, five lesser whistling teals along with one albino, white pelican, nukta, west African crowned crane and marsh crocodile each.

The present Jamsaheb Shatru Shalyasinhji said there is an ambiguity about when and how the CZA will take away all these animals.

He said he has nurtured all these wild creatures with utmost care and it is sad to be parted from them.

"It is not clear who will bear the cost of the upkeep of these animals till they are distributed," he said.

 

Environmental Education

BNHS Flamingo Festival (2013) attracts thousands of visitors!

Posted by Susan Sharma on March 17, 2013

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The Sea of Pink   ( Read full article at http://www.bnhs.org/component/content/article.html?id=963)

Right next to the Arabian Sea was a Sea of Pink with nearly 15,000 Lesser and Greater Flamingo spread out on the mudflats foraging for food. In the background were the thick mangroves stretching up to Trombay and the oil refineries and power plants in Mahul in sharp contrast with the pink tide. The graceful movements of thousands of flamingos with their long elegant bodies, especially when flying in unison, were a mesmerizing sight. Apart from flamingos, it was also a good occasion to see other species of resident and migratory birds including herons, egrets, ibises, gulls, terns, plovers, sandpipers and kingfishers. Kids and grown-ups alike were making a beeline to click photos of the birds as well as their own photos with the flamingo statue kept at the venue!

Nature Heals

Select a tree wisely on March 21

Posted by Susan Sharma on March 16, 2013

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21st of March is celebrated as International Day of Forests.*

Before planting a tree in your neighbourhood,  why not understand more about local trees which will grow well in your area?

At  http://www.wildscapes.net/product-details.aspx?prdId=11 we are offering a CD called "Grow Natives".  Buy the CD online and select a plant/tree to grow in your backyard or neighbourhood.  

Here is more information about the CD

The CD contains information about 300 native plants along with their photographs. CD provides the feature to get ready plant lists suitable to an area by selecting district and taluka. There are nine categories of the uses for easy selection, namely, Landscaping, Medicinal, Timber, NTFP, Roadside plantations, Religious plants, Hedges, Ecological restoration and Rare and uncommon plants.

CD also includes information about Nakshtra Plants, Mangroves & Plants common to India.

It will be useful for those interested in plants and also architects, planners, developers, nurserymen, land developers & landscape contractors.

*The United Nations General assembly has proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests. From 2013, the day will be observed each year to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of forests and trees to all life on earth.



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