E-Governance for Conservation

Internet connectivity for rural areas

Posted by Susan Sharma on May 23, 2006

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Ashok Jhunjhunwala of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, is the key expert behind innovation of cordDECT technology,a low-cost advanced Wireless Access System.

 What is CorDECT Technology?

It is a wireless in a local loop (WiLL) technology. What it means is that the connection from an exchange to any home is on wireless, very much like mobile, instead of copper wires. It is a fixed wireless connection, which can be used not only for telephony but also for Internet connectivity. It is tailor-made for broadband deployment and for rural areas.

Read more about it at



Interlinking of Rivers

Ken -Betwa Link

Posted by Susan Sharma on May 21, 2006

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The MOU for starting the canal work to link the Ken and Betwa was signed in August 2005. The canal will originate at the Daudhan Dam and four more dams will be constructed in the Panna National Park. These will submerge a large part of this protected area.

A major flaw of the link is that

" The entire stretch of the canal diverting the waters of Ken will pass through hilly and rocky terrain. The land slopes from south to north and from east to west. All the rivers and underground aquifiers flow in this general direction. The canal will block this natural flow of water, leading to water logging in the southern par of the region."

Another expert questions the the very purpose of the linkthat it will mitigate floods and droughts.

"Both Ken and Betwa flood at the same time. The Betwa enters the Yamuna upstream of Ken. If the Ken's waters are added to the betwa, there will be regular floods along the section of the Yamuna between Hamirpur and Chilla. Conversely, there will be droughts immediately downstream to Chilla. The project will not mitigate floods or droughts, it will exacerbate them."

( Excerpts from article" More Development" by Nitya Jacobin The  Hindu dated 21 May, 2006)

Climate change and Global Warming

"An Inconvenient Truth"

Posted by Susan Sharma on May 19, 2006

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Former Vice president of the U.S.A Al Gore has produced the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" which premiered in May 2006.

"Al Gore strips his presentations of politics, laying out the facts for the audience to draw their own conclusions in a charming, funny and engaging style."

Paramount'd Classics has committed five percent of their domestic theatrical gross for the film with a minimum guarantee of $500,000 to be donated to a new bipartisan climate effort, Alliance for Climate Protection. Alliance for Climate Protection will campaign to motivate a critical mass of the public and influential constituencies to demand action to cut U.S emissions and to make solving global warming a national political imperative.

More details on http://www.wildbytes.tv/index.aspx?vid=wnjx6KETmi4


A afternnon activities of Birds

Posted by aditya on May 14, 2006

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As every bird watcher knows morning time is best time for bird watching or evening time. But any time have You tried What are the activities at afternoon?

Yesterday I went with my friend Dr. Pramod Bansode[ One of the best bird watchers and Wildlife photographers] to see the afternoon activities.  The tremendous heat and initially no activity, which make us feel bored. But since we had expected it, we waited with patience. and as we know "Sabra ka phal Mitha hoto Hai!" .After Locating one small pond with water which was surrounded by many trees, we took our positions and started observing the birds. In starting there are 2 pairs of Red whiskerd bulbuls  in the water and their water play was going on and suddenly 6 jungle babblers arrived and started playing in water along with them; 1 pair of Magpie Robins and pair of Common indian Mynahs joined the water party. A wonderful play of all these birds we were watching on that day. There are other party animals too look Brahminy Skink, Rat snake and One  Common Indian Mangoose. For actual Detail report of this Article mail on




nature/wildlife films

Youtube - watch trailers on desktop

Posted by Susan Sharma on May 14, 2006

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Watch trailers of the following films at the links mentioned under them.

 Sarang-The Peacock


 To Corbett With Love


 Wilderness Nepal


Seoul-Where Modernity bows to Tradition


Living With the Park-Ranthambore National Park



Man Animal Conflict

Man-Elephant Conflict

Posted by Susan Sharma on May 12, 2006

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Jason Antony and Ankur Chaturvedi:

I found this extremely interesting article on the website of Wildlife Institute of India, Dehra Dun. Here is an excerpt

---"For example, elephants use their powerful infrasonic calls in long distance communication, which can be monitored from a long distance using infrasonic recorder. Earlier studies reveal that the elephants strongly respond to their conspecific calls playback even up to 7 km. distance. Till now, surveys of forest elephants have been based on systematic counts of dung. Cornell Laboratory of Bioacoustics, USA, is developing a new technique known as ‘acoustical monitoring system for elephants’ census.Long distance acoustical monitoring of the elephants not only useful in population estimation but also be used to alert the peoples living on the edges of forests, regarding the movements of elephants."

The full article by Ani Kumar, discussing sounds made by birds and other mammals is available at the link below



Existence of Forstein's Cat Snake (Boiga forsteini)in Central India

Posted by Susan Sharma on May 10, 2006

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Hi Harshad,

 I found this message in yahoo group "Naturepix" which will interest you.

jugal tiwari jugalt2000@yahoo.com wrote: Mount Abu in India is a great place for Reptiles. Atleast 16 species of Snakes are here (I have in my photo collection). The great work of Reptile rescue is being done by Kiran Chavda, Shailesh patel and the team. This forsten's cat snake is a rarity in Mount Abu. There are only 4-5 rescues from residential areas in 18 years time. They live in pairs, this one was rescued by Shailesh patel from the St. Mary School building. Jugal Tiwari 09414026156

Message from Yahoo group Naturepix message No. 6606

You can read the message at




rare indian breed dogs

Posted by sanjay on May 09, 2006

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Although dogs do not come into the catagories of wild animal except the dholes, but infact we have more than 38 rare breeds in our country. When I say rare indian breed dogs I do not consider 1947 partition as thin redline; when I define rare indian breed I take pakistan and burma also into it.

Some rare breeds are rampuri, laholi, rajapallayam, carvani, bully etc. I would love to share my knowledge with all those who are interested in rare indian breed dogs. I myself am trying to save these breeds and I am also looking forward to meet people who want to come forward and save these breeds. People can contact me at rampur_hound@yahoo.com



Dummerils blackheded snake.

Posted by aditya on May 06, 2006

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Dummerils black headed snake[Sibynophis subpunctatus]

is one of the uncommon snakes in india becuse this snake is very small and mainly found in forest areas; so sighting of this species is very rare.  I get this snake specimen during my project on Fauna diversity of Rajmachi one of the hot spot from western ghat. I study this specimen for 8 months.  After studying them i found this snake shows different type of Defence behavior i.e it acts like dead snake when the large predator approaches it; also as soon as it  feels predator leave that place it slowly turns the head and moves with fast speed and starst going under the soil. these and many amazing facts i have studied  about this snake.

If you want more details about this snake pls mail on adi_sawant@rediffmail.com




gekos at peb fort- matheran

Posted by aditya on May 06, 2006

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Peb fort near Matheran is a treat for bird watcher and herpetologist. I  visited  this fort  last Sunday. It was a very harsh treck due to summer heat. On peb fort there were many caves some of them are natural and some of them are man made. in these caves there were many gekos such as

1]Rock geko : Hemidactlylus maculatus.

 2]Ground geko: Gekoella sp.

3] Bark geko:hemidactlyus leschenaltii. 

We also get some snake Species such as

1] rat snake

2] Indian krait: in cave

3] Indian cobra:

At the base of fort a lot of bird species listed there. I watched 42 species in single treck. special achievement of treck is locating two nests of crested serpent eagle. it was an amazing treck. for more details e mail me on adi_sawant@rediffmail.com


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