Awareness Programmes on Urban Biodiversity – Bangalore, Oct 4-7 2012

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As a run-up to the UN’s convention on biodiversity, the 11th Conference of the Parties, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE), the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) Bangalore, Citizen Matters and Red Frames are organising the following awareness programmes on biodiversity in Bangalore from October 4 to 7.

  1. Talk on ‘Nature in the City: how people shape and are shaped by biodiversity in Bangalore”, by Harini Nagendra, Ramanujam Fellow, ATREE, on October 4.
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Book Review — Pictorial Guide to Frogs and Toads of Western Ghats by Gururaja K.V.

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This field guide to the amphibians of the Western Ghats is not just a tool for researchers.

Did you know that most toads tend to have poisonous glands while most frogs don’t? Frogs also feel slimier when held, while toads are rough. Also, there are several very bright, even beautiful, frogs and toads.

“I find them all beautiful,” says Gururaja K.V., who has been researching amphibians since 1998 and has recently put together a guide titled Pictorial Guide to Frogs … Read More

Joint Camera Trapping Between India And Bhutan Reveals 14 Tigers

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Reports from a joint camera trapping exercise in Manas were discussed between park officials of the the two countries — Manas National Park in India and the Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan. Fourteen tigers have been captured in the camera traps that scanned 650 sq km of protected area. Four tigers were “common”, ie. they were spotted in both countries. Seven tigers were male and six female, with the gender of one being difficult to ascertain. Officials from WWF … Read More