Conserving the Dhole in Karnataka’s Western Ghats

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The Asiatic wild dog or dhole (Cuon alpinus) is pack-living apex predator found in south and southeast Asia, currently threatened with endangerment. Dholes are generally restricted to protected forest habitats, but also occur in reserve forests and production agroforests (like tea and coffee plantations). The recent IUCN Red List assessment suggests that there may be 1000–2000 adult, mature dholes left in the wild. Despite its precarious status, the dhole remains one of the least studied large carnivores in the world. … Read More

An Unexpected Raid: A Tale of Communities and Conservation from Nagaland

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“Rules are rules; we shall definitely fine the offenders. The village council has set the rules and we all need to obey the same. Other villages should realise that we have completely banned hunting and fishing in our area and our decision should be taken seriously by them” were the words from a youth belonging to Sema tribe of Sukhai village from Nagaland, after they had caught people from the neighbouring villages fishing in their river.

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Student Conference on Conservation Science — IISc, Bengaluru, Sep 27 – 30, 2018

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Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) – Bengaluru is the largest student conference in India, where over 500 of Africa and Asia’s brightest conservation researchers and practitioners participate. It brings together young researchers in the science and practice of biodiversity conservation. The conference facilitates interaction, encourages exchange of research ideas and methods, sharing of knowledge and experience related to conserving wildlife and helps build contacts and capacity.

As a sister conference to SCCS-Cambridge, SCCS-Bengaluru focuses on attracting student participants, primarily … Read More

Conserving Otters as if People Mattered

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The first time I saw an otter in the wild – a Smooth Coated Otter in the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary – I knew this was the animal I wanted to see much more of. If you have seen an otter – any one of the thirteen species found across the World – you will agree that there is something charming, childlike and engaging about this mammal. Yet what really got me moving along an ottery path about a couple of … Read More

Polling for Pakke — Please help Pakke Tiger Reserve pick its best images!

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Every year the Pakke Tiger Reserve Forest Department holds a prize distribution ceremony for the best camera trap images and also gives prizes to the most sincere staff in the reserve. For this we team up with Conservation India to hold this public voting contest as a unique form of outreach to help motivate our staff on the ground. This year as well our team has compiled notable camera trap photographs where staff patrolled the forests and never left their … Read More

Wildlife drawing workshop — Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bengaluru, Feb 3, 2018

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Suitable for all ages, this workshop will teach you how to draw wildlife in the field and it will help take your nature art pursuits to the next level.

Certificates will be given to all participants.

Cost: Adults @ Rs. 600 per person, Children 8 years & > @ Rs. 400 per person.

Requirement for participants:

  1. Each participant is requested to bring along with them,
  2. A4 paper with hard board to place under the paper or an A4 size album
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Western Ghats Coffee Plantations Sustain High Bird Diversity in India

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In a recent study, scientists have found that the coffee, rubber and areca agroforests in Karnataka support 204 bird species including 13 bird species found exclusively in the Western Ghats, highlighting the supplementary role of agroforests in conserving wildlife.

Highlights:

  1. One of largest scientific assessments of tropical birds in the world, covering an area of 30,000 sq km in Karnataka
  2. Coffee, rubber and areca agroforests found to support 204 bird species, including 13 endemic birds of the Western Ghats
  3. Coffee
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Polling for Pakke — Vote for the Best Camera Trap Image

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As we have been doing in the past, this year we will be giving three prizes to our frontline staff for the best camera trap images. We fondly remember Late Koro Tayem, a forest guard who was killed by an elephant who won the first ever prize for his growling camera trap photograph.

Please vote for your best photograph.… Read More

How Birds Can Save the World: Talk by Prof. John W. Fitzpatrick — Christ University, Bengaluru, Jan 19, 2017

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NCBS Science and Society Programme along with Christ University hosts a public lecture.

This is a multimedia lecture on the key role of birds and citizen science in understanding how we can prioritize, preserve, and manage earth’s natural systems. The speaker, John W. Fitzpatrick, is the Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. His current research focuses on the ecology, conservation biology, and population genetics of the endangered Florida scrub-jay. John will talk about the enormous … Read More

Lost Tigers, Plundered Forests: Tracing the Decline of the Tiger in Rajasthan

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One species of wild animal that has captivated human beings for time immemorial, is the tiger. Its popularity has however oscillated depending on the time-period in context. Until the 19th century, it was ‘the dangerous beast’; during the first half of the 20th century it became the royal quarry; the two decades post Indian independence it played the role of a mascot luring trophy hunters to India; and today, it is an unrivalled conservation emblem.

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Moving Waters Film Festival — Max Mueller Bhavan, Bengaluru, September 17 – 18, 2016

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“No water, no life. No blue, no green.” – Sylvia Earle

71% of our planet’s surface is covered with water. Our seas and rivers sustain us, keep us alive, but we know little about them. We know less about the ocean floor than the surface of the Moon or even Mars! They are among the last frontiers of adventure and exploration. Yet, our rivers and oceans are threatened by exploitation and pollution, that is often beneath the surface and invisible … Read More

Help Pakke Pick its Best Images and Keep up Koro Tayem’s Legacy

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In 2013, Koro Tayem, a forest guard in Pakke Tiger Reserve for more than a decade, was the first awardee for the best camera trap photograph competition. Now in its fourth year, ‘Tayem babu’ is no longer with us. On Christmas day in 2014, he was in Pakke doing his duty, and on his way back he was killed by a wild elephant. He is remembered fondly, and in 2013 we carried out a photo-feature of photographs which included his … Read More

Book Review: The Handbook of Road Ecology

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Title: The Handbook of Road Ecology

Editors: Rodney van der Ree; Daniel Smith and Clara Grilo

Summary:

Linear infrastructure, such as roads, railways, power lines, pipelines, tracks and trails and the vehicles that travel on them are critical to supporting economic growth and development. However, the ecological impacts of linear infrastructure and vehicles can be massive, and usually negative. These impacts include habitat loss, fragmentation of habitats and populations, mortality of wildlife due to collision with vehicles, … Read More

Celebrating Art & Natural History — June 5th – 7th, 2015, NGMA Bengaluru

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NGMA Bengaluru is happy to announce ‘Celebrating Art & Natural History’ on the occasion of ‘World Environment Day’ from 5th to 7th June 2015 at its premises. The events include the following:

Workshops:

  1. ‘Nature Journaling’ for children – 8 to 14 years on 5th & 6th June 2015 from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm
  2. ‘Scientific Drawing of Animals’ for adults – 18 years and above on 6th & 7th June 2015 from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm

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Conservation Confusion!

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A lighthearted look at the serious business of making a living from wildlife.

A recent newspaper article triggered off a debate of sorts between some colleagues and I about making a living from wildlife. Since this is a topic that forms an undercurrent at various levels of discourse, I thought I would air my two bits here. This is a subject that can fill a book, but I’m afraid I only have time for a short essay at the moment.… Read More

Proposal for Ring Road in Gir To Divert Traffic From Lion Habitats

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The Gujarat State government has sent a proposal to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests for constructing a ring road around Gir National Park. The proposed 269-km road will connect villages on the periphery of Gir. Currently, around six state highways and other minor roads cut through Gir. There have been incidents where vehicular traffic caused accidental lion deaths as well as incidents of the inner roads being used for poaching. The ring road proposal includes 14 flyovers and … Read More

Gujarat Pushes Centre for Assistance Towards Lion Conservation

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The Gujarat government has asked for central assistance in implementing two projects towards Lion Conservation in Gir — Asiatic lions’ only abode. The state government has submitted a proposal for “The long term conservation of lions on Brhuhad Gir” with an estimated cost of Rs 262.36 crores. This proposal includes strengthening protection, habitat development, wild life health care, minimizing man animal conflicts, eco development work, use of modern technology, public awareness and eco tourism. A second proposal is to build … Read More

Land for steel plants endangers Daroji bear sanctuary

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BELLARY, Karnataka: Nature lovers and wildlife activists have expressed grave concern over the severe threat to “Karadidham”, Asia’s first and biggest sloth bear sanctuary, located near Hampi in Bellary district following allotment of land for steel plants.

“We are not against development and setting up of large-scale industries for value-addition to natural mineral wealth, particularly iron ore, in the district through the newly established Vijayanagar Area Development Authority (VADA). But our concern is for the severe threat posed to the … Read More