Book Reviews

Book Review

The Elephant bird  by  Arefa Tehsin

This is a book written for children who are ready to read on their own.  It is penned by Arefa Tehsin, who is a wildlife warden at Udaipur and who writes both for children and adults.  The book is illustrated by Sonal Goyal and Sumit Sakuja who together run a design studio.  

I just finished reading the book and it left me with a great feeling-that of hoping against hope.    I had just heard that 500 acres of Mangar forest in Aravali is being handed over to developers.  The book helped dull the pain and anger I was experiencing.  The book did not take me into a flight of fancy - far from it.  The violet coloured, one feathered giant bird may be a product of imagination.  The little limping girl who made friends with the bird learnt to trust a friend early in life.  Learnt to fight for a friend against all odds early in life.  Somewhere out there are children and youngsters like that.   And that gave me hope.

Child is the father of man.  Who said that? 

When the villagers were all set to kill the last remaining species of the Elephant bird, their thoughts were just about taking revenge, they assumed the Bird had swallowed their horse.  Little did they know the Bird ate only grass!

When our developers are swallowing the last of the pristine forest in Aravali range, is anyone bothered to look at facts?  I wish a bold and curious girl will alter the fate of Mangar too, like Arefa has so poignantly told in her story.

Buy this book at the following link 

Himalayas-Trees and Forests by Ashok Dilwali

Here is a coffee table book worth possessing.  Many of us have trekked the valleys and forests of the Himalayas.  The acclaimed landscape photographer brings back those wonderful memories through the trained eye of a professional who is an artist at heart.  

The carefully selected quotes alongside the photographs surprise us.  When it came to trees, all great minds think alike.  Sample these

" Save trees to protect wildlife, save wildlife to protect forest, save forest to protect environment, save environment to protect our future.  To make knowledge productive,we will have to learn to see the forest and tree.  We will have to learn to connect.
-Peter F. Drucker

" To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug."
-Helen Keller

"Forests precede civilizations and deserts follow them"

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Corporates and Environment

Living in harmony with Nature and Wildlife-One day workshop in Gurgaon

Living in Harmony with Nature Is Possible- a workshop organized y in Gurgaon
-Shashi Sharma

On 19th April 2014, a few of us gathered at South City Club, Gurgaon to spend a whole day discussing, presenting and absorbing a very difficult topic “Living in harmony with Nature”.  The choice of April as the month to initiate our first –ever ground level workshop was not accidental.  April is celebrated worldwide as “Earth Month”.  Devoting one full day to deliberate the state of the Earth today, seemed to be the best way to celebrate our only home.

Ashish Shahand Shashi Sharma who facilitated the  day’s  events invited the group’s attention  to how  living in harmony with nature is our –human’s –need rather than nature’s.  Our current pace of use of natural resources has tilted the balance and its impact is  already visible in climate change, seasonal changes, land use changes and disappearing forests.
The use of audio visual aids (some drawn from BBC Documentaries)  was very effective in understanding how all systems in nature are arraigned to support Life on the Planet.    Watch Ashish concluding his presentation with his simile of Earth as an Egg, which was the   ‘Ah Ha’  moment for all participants.

Dr Surya Prakash, from the School of Life Sciences at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, kept the audience spell bound with a  well researched presentation – ‘ Birds and Butterflies as Environmental Health Indicator Species in and around Delhi.  His photographs of birds and butterflies from JNU campus brought home the fact that nature had endowed every neighborhood with its bounties,  beauty and wonders and that environment conservation starts right inside and around our homes.

SP, as he is widely known, presents data of Big Bird Day over the years

Participants felt hugely benefited by the presentation made by Mr  Barun Aggarwal ,  Director, Breathe Easy at  Paharpur Cooling Towers.  He emphasized on creating minimum conditions for  healthy ‘Indoor air quality  by using specific  plants and simple air filtration equipment.    His research which proved that four “mother-in-law’s tongue” plants per person  can purify the air in a bedroom, was an eye-opener.  
Delhi based Paharpur Cooling Towers have developed both commercial and residential applications for creating healthy Indoor environment   Visit their site   for a free checking of the air quality inside your home! 

Barun Aggarwal

By the end of the Workshop, the participants developed an appreciation of the fact that changing our lifestyles to minimize negative footprint was imperative for our own survival.  Given how nature and natural Systems work, nature (as represented by planet Earth) evolved over billions of years before we entered the scene and can well carry on evolving at its  pace without us. 
Given the insights that scientists have developed presently, our planet is unique and as of now the only one that can support Life. The balance of elements of nature that prevails and supports life is unique but a very fine balance.  If we wish to continue to enjoy the beneficial host environment, we need to do our bit in minimizing disruption that our lifestyles create. 
The Workshop achieved its objective of 
i)Deliberating on the current state of environment 
ii)Networking with a group of individuals from NCR who are actively involved in protecting the harmony of nature and environment with human beings as part of it.  
iii)Everyone felt there was need for more such serious workshops to further the dialogue on #living inharmonywithnature.

(Shashi Sharma is a corporate consultant.  Visit his website to see what he is upto other than being an environmental evangelist)

Did You Know ?

The three tricks that keeps some butterflies alive

The three tricks that keeps some butterflies alive
-Text and Photos by  J. Devaprakash 

 Being alive is most important than anything else in the world. For any living thing, either human or animal or bird or insect,  life is supreme.  In the food web woven by Mother Nature to have a balanced ecosystem, some species prey on other species, generally the stronger eats the weaker. As a natural process, however, some species fight with others to protect themselves, some flee from the enemies, some hide from predation, some lose their life. But, every single species in this world strives for survival, and the struggle continues till the last moment. Butterflies are no different from them. Despite short life, butterflies, too, make every possible attempt to be alive. Yet a few butterflies have some special privilege, bestowed by nature, to protect themselves from predation. They perform either of three tricks to save their life – camouflage, discharge of smelly liquid and mimicry.

The perfect blend. A Blue Oakleaf, with an appearance of a dry-leaf, hangs upright and blends completely with the ambiance

The Leaf-like Life
This magical behaviour, called ‘Camouflage’, is one of the techniques that help butterflies and other living things to escape from predation. The Blue Oakleaf butterfly is one of the butterflies which can hide itself with the surrounding. When its wings are closed, it gets an appearance of a typical dry leaf. What is remarkable is even its veins formation and colour are similar to that of a leaf. An interesting thing is that this butterfly uses this feature cleverly; it chooses an apt ambiance which absolutely matches with its appearance. That is, when it is chased by a predator, it perches on a place where at least few dry leaves matching to its appearance. By doing this, it completely blends with the surrounding and the enemy who chased becomes bewildered and leaves the place empty handed. When it opens the wings, in contrast to the outer wings, the Blue Oakleaf exhibits a brilliant colour pattern on the inner side. It is an awe-inspiring creature extraordinarily created by the nature. The leaf-like life!

The Blue Magic. When its wings are opened, the Blue Oakleaf becomes conspicuous

Besides camouflage, there are two more interesting magics which some butterflies do to save their own lives. Discharge of smelly liquid and the imitation are the two techniques used by some butterflies to keep their predators at bay.

The Weapon Within
The Tiger or Monarch butterflies are known for their daringness which drives away its predators. During threat situation, to save its own life the Tiger butterflies use the self-protection mechanism. These butterflies ooze unpalatable liquid which causes the enemy nausea and as a result they flee from the scene. The liquid, made-up of alkaloids, is basically collected from the milkweed plants, and the accumulation of the alkaloids starts right from the larval stage of butterfly. By nature the eggs of Tiger butterflies are laid on the milkweed plants that have alkaloids on which the larva feeds. As the larva grows, it stocks alkaloids within and once it metamorphoses as a butterfly the tissues of the adult contains the traces of alkaloids. And, when attacked, these alkaloids are oozed out by the butterfly. The weapon within!

The Brave. A Plain Tiger, one of the butterflies that has alkaloids, rests fearlessly

The Mimickers
Some butterflies which neither has camouflage skill nor has alkaloid weapon, at least has  smartness to save their life from enemies. They just do one thing - mimic the butterflies which have alkaloids! By this trick, the predators which know much about the toxic butterflies do not attack the mimics thinking these as real fighters. Whereas,  they actually do not have any toxic liquid within them. For instances, the female Great Eggfly mimics the Common Crow and the female Danaid Eggfly mimics the Plain Tiger. It is not just the appearance the mimics copy from the host, sometimes they imitate the flight style and other habits. By playing this trick, they roam around fearlessly. The Mimickers!

The Original. A Common Crow that has alkaloids within them

The Mimic. A female Great Eggfly which has appearance similar to the Common Crow

Not all the butterflies have these amazing skills, only a handful of butterflies have been imparted, by Mother Nature, to camouflage or to spray toxins or to mimic. And, it is not just the butterflies that can perform these three magics to escape from predation, some insects and animals do this, too. The tricks that save the life!

Note: All these photos were clicked in the environs of  Indian nuclear power plant sites. And the study was a part of Environment Stewardship Programme of NPCIL.

The author is Manager (Corporate Communication) at Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited(NPCIL). 
He is also a nature watcher and amateur wildlife photographer. He authored a coffee-table book on the butterflies of Indian Nuclear Power Plants and co-authored a book on the birds of Indian NPPs. He has been writing articles on wildlife.

Environment Education

Online Environmental Courses from BNHS

Online Courses by BNHS [Conductedfrom Delhi / Mumbai] 

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Admissions open for online programs June 2014 -May 2015 

Last date for applying 31st May 2014 

IWC members get a discount of 5% on the course fees. The application forms can be filled online and course fee paid online.

Courses offered (Click on the links for further details)

 Leadership Course in Biodiversity Conservation

 Basic Course in Ornithology

 Basic Course in Herpetology

 Basic Course in Entomology

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Ecological -Literacy Course

Ecological-Literacy Course


10th-13th June 2014

Introduction: Accordingto Fritjof Capra, “in the coming decades, the survival of humanity willdepend on our ecological literacy – our ability to understand the basicprinciples of ecology and to live accordingly. This means that eco-literacymust become a critical skill for politicians, business leaders, andprofessionals in all spheres, and should be the most important part ofeducation at all levels – from primary and secondary schools to colleges,universities, and the continuing education and training of professionals.”

David W. Orr has statedthat the goal of ecological literacy is “built on the recognition that thedisorder of ecosystems reflects a prior disorder of mind, making it a centralconcern to those institutions that purport to improve minds. In other words,the ecological crisis is in every way a crisis of education”.

Ø  Eco-literacyleads to an understanding of the workings of the natural world around us andthe manner in which free eco-system services, which sustain the planet, areavailable to human communities.

Ø  Eco-literacyenables citizens to appreciate the sustainability implication of publicdecisions and the environmental issues involved which are made on their behalf so as to provide informed feedback todecision makers and public representatives

Ø  Eco-literacyleads to informed decision making at all levels – be it individual, socialgroup or community, public administrators, institutional and business decision makers

Objective:Through this course INTACH seeks to equip concernedcitizens, decision makers and administrators with an ecological perspective,understanding of the interconnected working of eco-systems and the resultanteco-system services, with a view:


  • To enable members of the general public understand ecological implications of governmental decision making and actions of large institutional and corporate entities, understand the language of experts, enable intelligent participation in public debates, encourage public stewardship of the commons.
  • To enable ecologically informed decisions by public and private entities which enable a balance between development needs with ecological concerns and sustaining free eco-system services from nature.


TargetAudience: Citizens, mid-level administrators from government sector, educationists,CSR personnel, NGO representatives.

Venue: IndianNational Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), 71, Lodhi estate,multipurpose hall.

Course Date: 10th – 13thJune, 2014 (Last date for registration 30th May 2014)

Course fee:

·       Rs. 3000.00 (Indiannationals-Students, NGOs, Public) [20 %less for INTACH members and employees, 30 % less for full-time students]

·       US $ 200.00 (Foreignnationals)

·       For GovernmentOfficials - Rs. 7,500.00 [early bird discount 25% upto 10 May/14]



DAY 1- 10th June 2014





9:30-10:30 am

Session 1: Introduction to Ecology & Environment, Ecosystem and Ecosystem Services

·        An Ecological Diagnosis of the Living Earth

·        Humanity and the Tragedy of the commons (Hardin’s Theory)

·        Human shifts to an Urban lifestyle and its impact

Dr. Ritu Singh

Sr. Consultant,


10:30-11:00 am



11:00-12:00 pm

Session 2: Ecosystem Components

·        Abiotic and Biotic factors

·        Eco-system processes:

                                I.            Energy flows,

                             II.            Food webs and chain,

                           III.            Trophic levels,

                          IV.            Material & nutrient cycling

Dr. Ghazala Shahabuddin

Associate Professor, Ambedkar University, Delhi

12:00-1:00 pm

Session 3: Population Ecology and Dynamics

·        Species, populations, communities

·        Diversity, Niche, Habitats

Dr. Ghazala Shahabuddin

Associate Professor, Ambedkar University, Delhi

1:00-2:00 pm



2:00-3:00 pm

·        Disturbances

·        Succession, Climax Community

·        Pulses and Presses

·        Ecological Community as a Living Mosaic

Prof. C. K. Varshney

Professor Emeritus, JNU

3:00-3:30 pm



3:30-4:30 pm

Session 4: Bio-geographic Regions (Biomes)

·        Ecosystem patterns

·        Grasslands, forests, deserts, mountains, saltwater biomes, freshwater biomes

Prof. C. K. Varshney

Professor Emeritus, JNU






DAY 2- 11th June 2014





9:30-10:30 am

Session 1: Humans as the biggest drivers of Ecological Change

·        Humans as energy consumers

·        Environment pollution

·        Rare species extinction and introduction of invasive species declining biodiversity

·        Challenges of waste and disposal

Prof. C. K. Varshney

Professor Emeritus, JNU

10:30-11:00 am



11:00-12:00 pm

Session 2: Climate Change

·        Ecology of global climate change

·        Carbon cycles, GHGs and Global warming

·        Rain and Heat as forces of climate change

·        Water cycle

·        Nitrate and phosphate cycle

Prof. C. K. Varshney

Professor Emeritus, JNU

12:00-1:00 pm

Session 3: Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change

·        What is adaptation?

·        Challenges to adaptation

·        Concepts: TEEB, REDD

Dr. Ritu Mathur

Associate Director, TERI

1:00-2:00 pm



2:00-3:00 pm

Session 4: Urban Biodiversity and Sustainability

·        Urban Biodiversity

·        Towards sustainable urban ecosystem (Green buildings & eco-campuses)

·        Green Practices

1.      Green consumerism

2.      Terrace farming

3.      How to be green, 3 R’s, tree census, urban agriculture, green consumerism

Dr. Ritu Singh

Sr. Consultant, INTACH

3:30-4:00 pm



4:00-5:00 pm

Session 5: Agricultural ecology

·        Ecology of agriculture

·        Ecological consequences of agriculture

Prof. C. K. Varshney

Professor Emeritus, JNU









DAY 3- 12th June 2014





9:30-10:30 am

Session 1: Restoration Ecology

·        Introduction to restoration ecology

·        Strategies for restoring and conserving ecosystem

Dr. Faiyaz Khudsar

Scientist Incharge, Yamuna Biodiversity Park

10:30-11:00 am



11:00-12:00 pm

Session 2: International Environmental Laws, Treaties & Protocols

·        Rio Conventions, 1992

·        Kyoto Protocol: UNFCCC

·        CITES

·        UNCCD

·        UN Urban Environmental Accord

·        CMS

·        CBD: AICHI Biodiversity Targets

·        Ramsar Convention

Ms. Swati Singh Sambyal

Senior Research Associate,

Industry and Environment Unit,

Centre for Science and Environment



12:00-1:00 pm

Session 3: Indian Environmental Law

·        Constitution of India Provisions

·        Water & Air Acts

·        Environmental Protection Act

·        Wildlife Protection Act

Ms. Swati Singh Sambyal

Senior Research Associate, CSE


1:00-2:00 pm



2:00-2:45 pm

·        Biodiversity Conservation Act

·        Wetland Rules

·        Coastal Management Rules

·        State Acts, Notification and Rules

Ms. Swati Singh Sambyal

Senior Research Associate, CSE


2:45-3:30 pm

Session 5: Institutional Architecture

·        Ministries

·        Pollution Control Board

·        National Green Tribunal

·        Centrally Empowered Committee

Ms. Swati Singh Sambyal

Senior Research Associate, CSE


3:30-4:00 pm



4:00-5:00 pm

Session 6: Environment Impact Assessment & Strategic Impact Assessment

Ms. Swati Singh Sambyal

Senior Research Associate, CSE



Day 4- 13th June 2014:Field visit either to Aravalli Biodiversity Park or Yamuna Biodiversity Park.



Short Training Programme on Urban Lakes and Wetlands

Short Training Programme on Urban Lakesand Wetlands

25th-27th June2014

Lack of understanding of thelake eco-system is leading to the decline of lakes falling in our urban areas.Lakes bring the joys of nature to urbanites, other than providing recreationaland psychological relief, acting as biodiversity habitats as well asgroundwater recharge zones. Today, these lakes are highly polluted eyesores,often emitting foul odour, and while vast sums are spent on theirbeautification the core issue of lake management remains a puzzle to thestakeholders.

Objective: Through this course INTACH seeks to provide the participantsan understanding of the lake eco-system, the analysis and diagnosis of problemsassociated with it and the methods of remediation for maintaining a healthylake eco-system.

Target Audience:Concerned citizens [who can put informed pressure on decision makers] and playa role as citizen scientists in the management and monitoring of lakes,environmentalists who can take up the cause of these commons at various fora,mid-level urban administrators and urban planners who can integrate theunderstanding of lakes in their strategic decision making.

Venue:Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), 71, Lodhi Estate,New Delhi 110003.

Dates: 25thJune to 27th June 2014

Arrangements:Study material, refreshments, lunch, field visits would be arranged by INTACHwhile inter-city travel and local stay arrangements are to be taken care of bythe participants.

Course fee:

·       Rs.3000.00 (Indian nationals-Students, NGOs, Public) [20 % less for INTACH members and employees, 30 %less for full-time students]

·       US$ 200.00 (Foreign nationals)

·       ForGovernment Officials - Rs. 7,500.00 [early bird discount 25%upto 10 May/14]





Course Content

Module 1- Introduction

Wetlands, landscape features found in almost all parts of the world, areknown as ‘‘the kidneys of the landscape’’ and ‘‘ecological supermarkets’’ tobring attention to the important values they provide. Although many cultureshave lived among and even depended on wetlands for centuries, the modernhistory of wetlands is fraught with misunderstanding and fear. Wetlands havebeen destroyed at alarming rates throughout the developed and developingworlds. Now, as their many values are being recognized, wetland conservationand protection have become the norm in many parts of the world. Wetlands haveproperties that are not adequately covered by present terrestrial and aquaticecology, making a case for wetland science as a unique discipline encompassingmany fields, including terrestrial and aquatic ecology, chemistry, hydrology,and engineering. Wetland management, as the applied side of wetland science,requires an understanding of the scientific aspects of wetlands.

1.     The value of wetlands

2.      Issues & Threats to wetlands

3.     Wetlands and lakes: definition

4.     Understanding Lake Ecology I- Physical

a.      Lake variability

b.     Light

c.      Density

d.     Stratification

5.     Understanding Lake Ecology II- Chemical

a.      General lake chemistry

b.     Dissolved oxygen

c.      Nutrients

                                                              i.     Eutrophication (introduction in relation tonutrients)

6.     Understanding Lake Ecology III- Biological

a.      Lake Zones

b.     Food web

c.      Primary producers

d.     Algal succession

e.      Consumers/ decomposers

f.       Trophic status

7.     Ecology of tropical wetlands

a.       Wetland Types

b.      Types of Wetland Vegetation

c.       Vegetation Dynamics



Module 2- Urban Wetlands/ lakes

According to United Nation’s World Urbanization Prospect’s database, in1950 about 30% population was urbanized, in 2010 50% and it is expected to be70% in 2050. In India, corresponding figures are, 17% in 1950, 30% in 2010,expected to be 55% by 2050. With rapid urbanisation, more land area isdeveloped around present urban agglomerations as well as new areas areurbanised to accommodate larger populations moving out of rural areas.

This module focuses on:

1.     Urban Wetlands

2.     Effect of urbanisation on wetlands: Eutrophication

3.     Urban water shed & runoff

4.     Hydrology & water budget


Module 3- Conservation of urban lakes

Withincreasingly rapid urbanization, wetlands are being threatened in two principleways:

·       Through direct conversion of wetlands, whether plannedor unplanned, to urban areas, leading to acute problems associated withpolluted drainage, direct habitat loss, overexploitation of wetland plants andanimals by urban and periurban residentsand the increased prevalence of nonnative invasive species; and

·       Through the watershedrelated impacts of urban development, including increased demands forwater, increasing diffuse and point source pollution and the need for greateragricultural production to support the burgeoning urban population.

This module focuses on:

1.      Importance/ Benefits of conserving urban lakes

a.      Surface and ground water

b.     Urban Heat Islands

c.      Biodiversity

d.     Health benefits


Module 4- Wetland Management

1.      Introduction to wetland management?

2.     Integrated wetlandecosystem management

3.     Lake Laws and Rules

4.     Approachesin conservation and management of urban lakes

5.     CaseStudies

a.     HauzKhas

b.     Nainital

c.      Bhopal lakes

d.     Kankaria Lake


Field Visit: Hauz/ Palam/Okhla/Bhalswa/YamunaBiodiversity Park











Day 1





9:30-10:00 am

Introduction to basic concepts of lake ecology

·         Introduction to wetlands

·         Significance of Wetlands

·         Threats to Lakes and Wetlands

·         Introduction to urban lake conservation

Mr. Manu Bhatnagar

Pr. Director, INTACH

10:00-10:30 am

What are wetlands? (Lakes and Watershed)



Dr. Brij Gopal

Coordinator,  Centre for Inland Waters in South Asia

10:30-11:00 am



11:00-11:45 am

Understanding Lake Ecology -I-Physical components

·         Lake variability

·         Light

·         Density

·         Stratification

Dr. Brij Gopal

Coordinator,  Centre for Inland Waters in South Asia

11:45-1:00 pm

Understanding Lake Ecology-II-Chemical components

·         General lake chemistry

·         Dissolved oxygen

·         Nutrients

Dr. Brij Gopal

Coordinator,  Centre for Inland Waters in South Asia

1:00-1:30 pm



1:30-2:30 pm

Understanding Lake Ecology-III-Biological components

·         Lake Zones

·         Food web

·         Primary producers

·         Algal succession

·         Consumers/ decomposers

·         Trophic status

Prof. C. K. Varshney

Professor Emeritus, JNU

2:30-3:15 pm

Effects of urbanization on wetlands (Issues and threats)

·         Urbanization and its effects on regional hydrology

·         Eutrophication

Dr. Ritu Singh

Sr. Consultant, INTACH

3:15-4:00 pm

Urban Watershed and Runoff & Hydrology and Water budget

Dr. Varun Joshi

Associate Professor,

IP University

4:00-5:00 pm

Functions and Value of Wetlands


Prof. C. K. Varshney

Professor Emeritus, JNU






Day 2




9:30-10:30 am

Ecology of tropical wetlands

·         Wetland Types

·         Wetland Vegetation Types

·         Vegetation Dynamics

Dr. Brij Gopal

Coordinator, Centre for Inland Waters in South Asia

10:30-11:00 am



11:00-11:45 am

Wetlands & Aquatic ecosystem in urban landscape:

·         Biodiversity

·         Importance of Conserving Urban lakes

                                I.            Surface and ground water

                             II.            Urban Heat Islands

                           III.            Biodiversity

                          IV.            Health benefits

Dr. Surya Prakash

School of Life Sciences, JNU

11:45-12:05 am

Integrated Lake Basin Management


Mr. Manu Bhatnagar

Pr. Director, INTACH

12:05-1:00 pm

Integrated Wetland Ecosystem Management



Prof. J. K. Garg


IP University

1:00-1:30 pm



1:30-2:15 pm

Approaches in Conservation and Management of Urban Lakes

Dr. Ritu Singh /

Mr. Manu Bhatnagar

2:15-3:00 pm

Lake Laws and Rules

·         Provisions of Environmental Protection Act [1986]

·         Wetland Rules

·         National Lakes Conservation Program

Ms. Swati Singh Sambyal

3:00-3:45 pm

Bhopal Lakes case study

Dr. S. M. Mishra

3:45-4:30 pm

Case Studies – Haus Khas, Kankaria Lake, Nainital Lake, Mansagar Lake

Mr. Manu Bhatnagar

Pr. Director, INTACH

4:30-5:00 pm

Monitoring Urban Lakes – (Visual & Physical observations, Chemical & Catchment Parameters)


 Dr. Ritu Singh

Sr. Consultant, INTACH









Day 3




9:30-10:00 am

Presentation on Yamuna Biodiversity Park


Dr. Faiyaz A. Khudsar

Scientist Incharge, Yamuna Biodiversity Park

10:00-10:30 am



10:30-5:30 pm

Field visit to Hauz Khas Lake and Sanjay Van or Yamuna Biodiversity Park

(Lunch and Tea)





Wildlife Photolog

Photolog of two interpretation centres- Nebraska and Chandigarh

Photolog of two interpretation centres
Nebraska and Chandigarh


It was an amazing experience to go to the Crane Trust in Grand Island, Nebraska, to see the migration of the Sandhill Cranes. Sometimes we humans are so caught up with the pressure of life and living that we do not pay enough attention to the beauty of nature around us.

At the centre the displays of the birds were marvelous as you can see from the pictures.  Even the notes put up for us to read up on the birds were so educative.  

Then we went out into the field in minus temps and actually saw the cranes. Our pics do not do justice to the birds as I had not brought my Canon SLR unfortunately. Anyway seeing them take off from the fields and into the sky was amazing.

Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh

The interpretation centre


Bird watching trails at Sukhna lake

Wildlife Photolog

Photolog of two interpretation centres- Nebraska and Chandigarh

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