By Dr.Susan Sharma
This month's ezine has our usual features plus a new series on 'Gardening' written by an experienced landscape specialist, Promilla Chaturvedi. As many or most of our members are urbanites, her tips on gardening starting with a small garden will, we hope, motivate
many to take up gardening. Let us give the butterflies and birds a home too.
The zookeeper tells a tragic tale making us realize yet again how bad "plastic" can be. We seem to be littering the mountains and valleys too, once considered pristine. When we go up to Rohtang Pass from Manali by road, the forest department hands over a huge
paper bag with a request that we must bring back all waste in this bag. The idea is excellent, since it motivates one to collect waste plastic wrappers etc you find around you when you are at the Pass. While on top of the Rohtang Pass we managed filling up
our bag very fast which my friend is holding up in the picture.
Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) is planning to start a branch office in New Delhi. To start with they are planning to set up a Conservation Education Centre at Asola-Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary, Delhi (near Tughalakabad) in collaboration with Government
of NCT of Delhi to create awareness about nature conservation among children and adults. Project activities will involve developing interactive educational displays, designing nature trails, developing educational resources for teachers, teacher training,
outreach programmes in schools in Delhi, interaction with NGOs and decision makers. The project team will be based at Asola-Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary, Delhi. BNHS has advertised for three Delhi based professionals to join them. You can read the details of
their requirement by
( These views are taken from the visitors' book kept at "Wildscapes -Nature and Wildlife photo exhibition which was held from May 8 to 12 , 2004 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. )
" Some like paintings,
Some speak to you,
Animals are always
An endearing subject
And have been shot
With great love
Which is apparent in the photographs"
------ Veena Chaturvedi
" All of them were really nice and these animals and birds should remain like this. This is our responsibility.
"Wonderful photos, what a fascinating country, with stunning wildlife."