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Posted by Raghava on February 08, 2014

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My blog provide you with observation and ideology from my professional and personal life. Captures many of the interesting creature in our surrounding. "Upcoming shortly"

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Bhitarkanika: Nature’s Paradise

Posted by Alok Kumar Maharana on January 30, 2014

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After fulfilling months of hard work, one definitely wants to take rest away from the din and bustle of city enjoying the beauty of nature in a serene atmosphere.

 

Bhitarkanika with its lush green mangroves, the fiery crocodiles, migrating birds and turtles, water tracks, the ever beautiful nature surely invites the visitors from all walks of life to spend time leisurely as well as think and explore the beauty of nature. Represented by the 3 protected areas “The Bhitarkanika National Park”, The Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary” and “The Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary”, it is always a place for nature lovers, scholars, scientists and tourists.

 

Located in Odisha’s Kendrapara district (Click here to see on Map) , Bhitarkanika is surrounded with Mangrove Forests criss-crossed with streams and mud planes. In 1975 Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary (BKWS) was established to conserve the rich biodiversity and the pristine beauty in the Brahmani-Baitarani (Dhamra) deltaic region of coastal Odisha. Later the Sanctuary was designated as Bhitarkanika National Park in the year 1988. Yet again in the year 2002 it was re-designated as the Ramsar site or The Wetland of International importance. Even steps are being taken to include it in the World Heritage Site List.

 

Bhitarkanika river system has few giant saltwater crocodiles. The length of these crocodiles is around 20ft. The nesting behavior of mother Saltwater crocodile is different from other two Indian Crocodilian species. She builds up a small mountain in a secluded place by collecting available nesting material which includes aquatic fern species (Acrostischum aureum), Hental (Phonix paludosa), etc. Then the nesting mother crocodile actively guards her nests for about 70-75 days, till the young crocodiles hatch out for moving into the creeks. The un-disturbed river bank is the favoured basking spot for Saltwater crocodiles. An abode for the highly poisonous snake, King Cobra, Bhitarkanika is one of the few

 

Bhitarkanika mangrove forests provide an abode for the deadly poisonous snake, King cobra. This is one of the few locales in the country where a good population of King cobras are seen.

 

With Monsoon water birds flock Bagagahan, a place closer to the famous Sujhajore creek. It is an amazing view to observe 50,000 birds including the new ones chirping and flying.


Then, one needs to steal his view for the rare spotted deer’s who have got adjusted to the climatic prevailing conditions of this ecosystem. With a increase in their population they can be found around the Crocodile Research Centre at Dangmal as well as along the river banks.


The best times to see these spotted deer’s are either in the morning or in during sunset along the river banks. Though few of them can also be seen the FRH at Dangmal during night hours.

Snakes

What to do in case of snake-bite

Posted by Susan Sharma on January 27, 2014

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First Aid

It is important to remember that snakes don't bite out of whim.  They are usually forced to bite.   Venom has evolved as a mechanism to subdue prey and snakes need to conserve their venom for that purpose.  Most snake-bites happen when the snake is accidentally provoked.  In some cases (getting more frequent these days), the victim has simply asked for it.  

If you find yourself in a snake-bite situation, simple protocol and presence of mind could save the victim's limb or even life.

Firstly Things Not to Do:

  • Never try to suck out the venom
  • Never make an incision
  • Never go to traditional healers or try home remedies
  • Do not tie tourniques or use ice
  • Never clean out or tamper with the site of the bite
  • Never try and catch the snake or kill it

All the above actions do not work and often cause more damage than good.

Here are things you should do:

  • Make sure the victim and others are a safe distance away from the snake and try to memorise its appearance
  • Stay CALM and in control.  Take charge of the situation and reassure the victim
  • Remove watches, rings, bangles and anything else that will become constrictive if the wound causes swelling
  • Try to immobilise the victim.  Never let him/her run and only allow him/her to walk if unavoidable.
  • In case of neuro-toxic bites (Cobras, King Cobras, kraits, coral snakes and sea snakes), pressure immobilization (Sutherland method) with long crepe or other stretchy bandage(5-10 cm wide, several rolls) and splint to be applied immediately to the bitten limb, starting at the digits and working up to the groin or armpit.  
  • Do not waste time trying to get any elaborate first-aid done.
  • Get to a hospital as soon as is safely possible.
  • Note the time of the bite and the progression of any visible symptoms.
  • Give the doctor details of the bite and symptoms.

Anti snake venom serum is the only proven cure for venomous snake-bite.
 

Snake-bite prevention

As the popular saying goes prevention is better than cure.

  • Take care when clearing vegetation, raking dry leaves in your garden.  Supervise kids in the outdoors, especially in a green neighbourhood.
  • Use torch/flashlight in the night and wear shoes while going out.  Check shoes before wearing them.
  • Watch your step and see before you sit.
  • Keep your backyard free of junk and make sure your solid waste is managed properly.
  • If you see a snake, do nothing.  Let it go.  Do not try to pick it up or kill it.  If a snake has entered your premises, call professional snake rescuers.
Snake-bite is painful and extremely risky.

Man Animal Conflict

Tips to shoo away monkeys

Posted by Susan Sharma on January 25, 2014

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Tips to shoo away monkeys

How to deal with monkeys
  • Do not cross the path between a mother and her infant
  • Do  not irritate or tease monkeys.   Leave them alone and they will leave you alone.
  • Be light footed while passing through a monkey group i.e. do not run.
  • Do not go near a dead or wounded monkey.
  • Do not feed monkeys.  If anybody found feeding monkeys, necessary legal action shall be initiated.
  • In case a monkey collides with your vehicle,(two wheelers especially) do not stop there.
  • Do not get scared if a monkey makes a'Kho-Kho' noise as normally it is a bluff.  Ignore the monkey and walk away calmly.
  • Do not ever hit any monkey.   Keep hitting the ground with a big stick to make monkeys leave your house or garden.
  • Presence of big dogs in premises makes monkeys leave the area.
  • Monkeys are scared of snakes.  Keep real looking plastic snakes at roof tops or boundary wall of your house. 
  • Loud noise, bursting of crackers or their sound track will force monkeys to keave any premises. 
  • If a monkey tries to touch you, gently put an object or board firmly between you and monkey.Do not make direct eye contact with monkeys
Issued in public interest by Forests and Wildlife Department Chandigarh administration.
 

Bio-Diversity

Biodiversity Model

Posted by ARNAB BASU on January 19, 2014

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Biodiversity

 

Biodiversityis the degree of variation of life forms within a given species, ecosystem,biome, or planet. Terrestrial biodiversity tends to be highest at low latitudesnear the equator, which seems to be the result of the warm climate and highprimary productivity. Marine biodiversity tends to be highest along coasts inthe Western Pacific, where sea surface temperature is highest and in mid-latitudinalband in all oceans. Biodiversity generally tends to cluster in hotspots, andhas been increasing through time but will be likely to slow in the future.

 

Theperiod since the emergence of humans has displayed an ongoing biodiversityreduction and an accompanying loss of genetic diversity. Named the Holoceneextinction, the reduction is caused primarily by human impacts, particularlyhabitat destruction. Conversely, biodiversity impacts human health in a numberof ways, both positively and negatively.

 

TheUnited Nations designated 2011-2020 as the United Nations Decade onBiodiversity.

 

Backgroundof Project Biodiversity Park

 

I have beena student of Natural Science for more than two decades. It started when I wentto my undergraduate college in 1997 to study Botany and it’s still on when I amearning my livelihood as an Environmental Professional. Being a student ofnatural science I wanted to pay tribute to Mother Nature and I have chosen todo it by making replica of different terrestrial biodiversity model throughoutthis entire decade designated for Biodiversity.

 

Underthis project I have decided to make following seven different models withreplica of different animal species and their natural habitat:

 

1.    Mountain Forest

2.    Rain Forest

3.    Savanna Forest

4.    Polar Biodiversity

5.    Desert Biodiversity

6.    Countryside Farmhouse and

7.    Jurassic Park

 

Thisreport describes all the above mentioned models. All the information in thisreport is taken from Wikipedia, myfavourite website. In this report the first photographs of every chapter are ofmy hand made models and second photographs are taken from various websites.

 

Theanimal replicas are the products of Naturepavillionand scenic materials are bought from Woodlandscenicsand other regular local craft shops.

I have already made first three models and they are available for display in face book (https://www.facebook.com/arnab.basu.773/media_set?set=a.740265559317395.1073741828.100000018743674&type=1)


Travel

Snow Leopard at Hemis National Park with WWF-India

Posted by WWF-Explorers on January 15, 2014

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WWF-India have recently started nature experience program under the WWF-Explorers umbrella. WWF-Explorers is our attempt to bridge the gap the nature disconnect through a series of nature trails & trips. We have a very exciting opportunity for wildlife enthusiast to get visit Hemis National Park with WWF field biologist/ snow-leopard expert, Dr Aishwarya Maheshwari from 10th to 18th Feb. Those interested, please sign-up at the earliest http://www.wwfindia.org/help/wwf_explorers/
or contact karishma handa at khanda@wwfindia.net or wwfexplorers@gmail.com


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Bio-Diversity

Medicinal plants cultivation

Posted by Sheikh Gulzaar on January 11, 2014

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We are delighted to inform you that Jammu and Kashmir Medicinal Plants Introduction Centre, "Ginkgo House" Aziz Abad, Via Wuyan-Meej Road, Pampore 192121(Health Care, Social Equity & Biodiversity Conservation) is going to organizing 3 (three) National Level Short term training courses based on Technology Demonstration at Dehradun.

This training workshop would concentrate on the theme of empowering economics of rural communities, employment generation and entrepreneurship development that will provide an opportunity to technology transfer, exchange ideas and create networking in such sector.

This training courses will draw only 25 participants, comprising of progressive entrepreneurs, academia, students, horticulturist, NGOs, State Govt. personnel of horticulture, agriculture, forestry, industry departments and well educated progressive farmers.

We request you to kindly circulate this information among colleagues, entrepreneurs in Kashmir vale and also encourage them to participate in the training workshop relevant to them. Your participation in this programme will lead to collaborations in the areas of mutual interest.

It is hoped that your local media will certainly co-operate with us by nominating progressive farmers/technical staff in such short term training courses.

Looking forward to your sustained support & co-operation.

For more details
Sheikh Gulzar (Head)
The Jammu and Kashmir Medicinal Plants Introduction Centre

Ph: 09858986794, 01933-223705,
e-mail : jkmpic@gmail.com
home: http://jkmpic.blogspot.in
Other address: http://facebook.com/jkmpic

Wildlife

Sri Lanka Nature & Wildlife Travel Blog

Posted by Andrew de Bond on December 31, 2013

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Wildlife

Melghat tiger reserve petroling progrmme

Posted by pravin baviskar on December 24, 2013

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Dear all,
It was very pleasant & challenging program for me when I was informed by our club.Being a senior executive in my job I have to make special arrangements to take leave for entire week. I was also little worried because the program was arranged in mid winter I.e. from 15/12/2013 to 22/12/2013. When I have started traveling form Paratwad to Jarida where I have to report  for joining in as a volunteer, The site seeing was very much pleasant because of ghat & greenery.We have been allotted camp Bori Ghogra.During my stay of entire week I have traveled almost 100 KM in the sanctuary.The thick forest of Teak wood & bamboos was very pleasant. We have seen very few pug marks of bear, Bibtya, samber & only twice we can see barking dear.I was very worried for wild life's thin population.During my entire stay I was thinking how we can bring back the presence of wild life, can we re habilates some animals from other santuries & how we can encourage the animals so that they can safely stay in their forest.This is problems all we have to solve jointly.But during my stay I made promise to my self that at least every year one week I would like to spare for these animals for what ever servise is to be required for improvement life of wild life any were in India & abrod also.

Ezine

Simple Science

Posted by Susan Sharma on December 18, 2013

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Deveopments in Science have been exponential in the last few years.  Study of science has become highly specialised as a result.  Reflecting on these developments in a  holistic manner is being done by many Western publishers.   Adapting the scientific developments to the indian scene is what S. Anathanarayanan has spent the last thirteen years doing.  Our club has published over  30 of our articles in our monthly ezines.  The author has now published all his published articles at the following link.   The site is user friendly and loads very fast.   Do have alook



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