Jayant This Diwali I rescued two snakes!
jyotsna 2 snakes? where?
Jayant One was a Trinket while other was a Vine snake
Mahendra Vyas Hi. Jayant. Hi Jyotsna!
jyotsna jayant- how did u do that?
Jayant If I had not someone would have killed them as soon as they left my garden
Susan Are there any endangered snakes in
Mahendra Vyas Most of the snakes are quite common. Except the distribution of reticulated python is restricted to the North Eastern States.
Jayant There is very little data on the banded Krait as well
Jayant Probably it is endangered as well
Mahendra Vyas Similarly, distribution of King Cobras is also some what restricted. They are found in thick moist forests. And Yes Jayant where do you live - I presume some
where South of Narmada.
Jayant Yes in Pune
Jayant These snakes came in my garden hence I had to catch them and leave them in a proper eco system
jyotsna how come they entered u'r garden?
Jayant Thats a mystry 'cause the Vine snake is a resident of evergreen forests
Jayant is there a law which prohibits snake catching Mr. Vyas
Mahendra Vyas Yes the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 prohibits catching, killing , snakes which are listed in the Schedules of the Act.
jyotsna Mr Vyas...i wanted 2 ask u where in
India we can find Genets?
Mahendra Vyas I don't think we have any genets in
Jayant Can I be updated What are genets?
jyotsna i saw it on the web
jyotsna umm..they r small cat like animals w/t spots..uh..kinda hard to explain - maybe mr vyas can give u a better explaination
Mahendra Vyas Yes I will update you on genets in a little while.
jyotsna shall i send u a pic of a genet,jayant?
Jayant thanks jyotsna
Mahendra Vyas One genet belongs to the cat family and the other 'Gannet' is bird which nests on steep cliffs near seas.
jyotsna never heard of a Gannet.
Susan Is this genet a genetically modified cat?
Mahendra Vyas I am afraid I am not able to remember any cat by the name of genet!
jyotsna hey - i've sent di pic 2 u both. lmk if u got it & how u like it,ok? :)
jyotsna so...Mr Vyas isn't it found in
India? i saw on many sites but it wasn't written WHERE in
Mahendra Vyas Jyotsna- if my memory serves me right it is not found in India- But I have a faint memory about a small slender cat by this name found somewhere in Africa. I
was at one time quite good with African wildlife - but lately my attention has been diverted to legal problems plaguing forests and wildlife in
Mahendra Vyas Jyotsna- I will find out more info about genets and send it to you thru e-mail.
Rajyashree whenever time permits, would like answer to one question: where does one plant trees to encourage afforestation in a place like
Jayant There may be some NGOs who are running some afforestation programmes in
Delhi. There are many in Pune
Susan Around monsoon time (June) there are afforestation programs by Delhi Govt and WWF.
Rajyashree Thanks for the information Susan.
Mahendra Vyas I am not sure whether WWF undertakes any afforestation work in
Delhi. The problem is of finding places where saplings which are planted can be protected.
Mahendra Vyas May I suggest. Plant trees where they can be protected other wise the entire effort will be wasted.
Rajyashree actually I think one should always address the root cause of problems....
Jayant Like what?
Rajyashree if there is enough vegetation there will be sufficient wildlife too...
Rajyashree once we all start appreciating nature we will also not need to have such chat sessions
Rajyashree just to satisfy 2 inch of our palate we kill so many animals....
Rajyashree all that we need to do is internalize that the problem is us humans... and that is it
Rajyashree then we will not need to have laws...enforcers ...defaulters etc
Mahendra Vyas The law is as good as the person who implements it.
Jayant Agreed, at least we have a law.
Mahendra Vyas The other day I was on Okhla Barrage. Saw lots of migratory birds there. Would like to go there on bird watching trip?
Jayant Yes Mr. Vyas I envy you people cause you are in the north where now it is the migratory season!
Jayant looking forward to hear from you (Mr. Vyas) on your Bird watching trip
Susan If you can fix the date, we can ask all
Delhi members to join in the bird trip.
Jayant it will be a good idea to arrange such small outings in
Jayant Mr Vyas - what was the outcome of Clean the
Ganga project ?
Mahendra Vyas Clean Ganga campaign - has filled the pockets of many people- the river is as polluted as ever- No need to clean rivers- all that is required is to prevent inflow
of pollutants and affluents - the river need not be cleaned if it is not dirtied.
Jayant Very true, but it is not only the industry who is responsible for the pollution It is also the big cities who leave untreated sewage into the river
Jayant Our Municpal Councils are as callous as ever to this fact
Mahendra Vyas The industry is the culprit but there is no proper system of affluent treatment being insisted upon by the authorities.
Jayant I am seeing this happen in Pune.
Jayant It was the mandate of the Regional Pollution Control boeards is'nt it?
Mahendra Vyas Why should sewage not be treated before it is allowed to flow into the river. All this can be done but there is no political will and the Babus only talk and
prepare reports - no action is taken.
Jayant In the process the river dies?
Mahendra Vyas The performance of the State Pollution Control Boards - is pathetic.
Susan We are the govt, we are the babus, we are the polluters. What can we do to make us act?
Jayant The bird count down stream Pune is dwindling - that is my observation for the past 12 years
Mahendra Vyas I fondly recall when Yamuna had lot more clean water some time in early eighties and the rievr and its banks were full of migratory birds and we went on a boat
upstream from Okhla Barrage upto old Yamuna bridge - it was truly a memorable trip. Want to repeat it again- alas the river will full of filth. But the birds are still there in large noes. The diversity of species may not be as much as it used to be.
Jayant I believe wild life conservation is nothing but managing the Man-animal conflict
Jayant The problem is not simple as man is Greedy
Rajyashree exactly Jayant
Mahendra Vyas Rajyashree- managing wildlife in
India is basically managing people- w'life can look after itself as it has done for millions of years. Keep the two apart and avoid man-animal conflict- you have rightly said what
we all feel about the issue.
Jayant Very true Mr. Vyas, Clean Rivers with good fish and birds are a thing of the past
Rajyashree sometimes may be we should just pause and think
Jayant I agree with Mr. Vyas
Rajyashree exactly Mr Vyas... it is managing us becoz otherwise dont u think it is rather strange that we chat abt animals .... without any animal participating
Mahendra Vyas We are animals but we consider ourselves to be more superior- in fact our thoughts and actions are worse than animals found in the wild- may sound strange but
Jayant I feel we should have a subject every week
jyotsna that wud be nice. bye.
Susan That is a good suggestion
Jayant That would make it interesting to MV as well
Susan We can suggest the topic a week in advance thro, mail/banner.
Jayant Yes then everyone will be better prepared
Jayant what is the objective of these chats?
Susan To generate ideas, get answers.
Susan The idea was to have an expert answer queries.
Jayant I am planning to conduct a two day workshop on " Ehtical Nature Photography"
Susan That sounds interesting.
Jayant I want your sincere suggestions on the workshop
Susan Where is the workshop target group?
Jayant all amateur photographers
Susan My first feeling is
India has too few people in serious nature photography-
Susan All the best for the workshop
Jayant bye it was nice talking to you.
Mahendra Vyas I am afraid I will have to leave now. Enjoyed chatting with you
all. And about genets - I promise I will send all the info I have.
Susan When is the bird trip?
jyotsna count me in on the bird trip :)
Jayant Thanks Mr. Vyas looking forward to meet you at the next session
jyotsna thx mr vyas - catch u in di next chat :)
Susan Thanks Mr. Vyas and all the chatters.
PS. M.V. I found out- genet is a species of African civets- mongoose like.