Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
How absolutely depressing.....
We did see a few vultures in Kanha, you know. Sorry for this weak defense.
And the dogs in the cities are growing by the month... Istanbul had a dog problem in the seventies and eighties, it appears.... But they seem to have gotten rid of that problem (I wonder how?), since we didn't see a single stray dog when we went this year.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The only thing is that intelligent crows are likely to see through Joshua Klein's attempts to train them dont you think?
Monday, August 11, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
On reaching Nelapattu, we saw them nesting there, along with the pelicans. They are rather prolific it appears, and they are classified as "birds of least concern" - not endangered by any means!
I hope that status doesn't change for these long-legged, serious birds!
Friday, August 1, 2008
Green.view | Staying the courser | Economist.com
With many troublesome conservationists—and righteous judges—India has guarded its magnificent wildlife perhaps surprisingly well. Though poor, densely populated and home to many threatened species, it has lost only a handful of animals in recent decades: for example, the Asiatic cheetah, Javanese rhinoceros and Sikkim stag. And it has lost only two species of bird: the pink-headed duck and Himalayan mountain quail. Like the Jerdon’s courser, the forest owlet was also ruled extinct before it was rediscovered. A fish, the Ladakh snow trout, may have similarly have re-emerged from the abyss.A pat on the back for all the hardworking environmentalists?
This gives India a better record in conservation than many countries. Yet its wildlife is nonetheless in dreadful jeopardy: from a poor and fast-growing population, eating into India’s remaining forests and marshes; and also, increasingly, from infrastructure projects, fuelled by strong economic growth. The IUCN now groups India with China, Brazil and Indonesia, as countries with the highest number of species facing extinction. Many will no doubt slip more quietly into that long night than the Jerdon’s courser.
Listen to the call of the courser