Book review: Explore Spiders of India: A Pocket Guide by Karthikeyan S.

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Book review: Explore Spiders of India: A Pocket Guide by Karthikeyan S.
Published by EcoEdu. 200 pages, Pocket Size, Full colour, Paperback: ₹400.00.

Spiders have always captured popular imagination as depicted by the famous Spiderman or as a terrifying monster like Aragog from Harry Potter. But leaving aside this perception, spiders play a crucial role in ecosystems they inhabit. Spiders are arachnids and belong to the same class as scorpions, ticks/mites, whip scorpions etc. Spiders are predators and occur in … Read More

Book Review – Conservation Kaleidoscope: People, Protected Areas and Wildlife in Contemporary India

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Published by: Kalpavriksh, Duleep Matthai Conservation Trust and authors UPFRONT; 432 pages; Price: Kindle Edition ₹325.00, Paperback ₹580.00

What is the future of conservation in modern India? What are its biggest challenges? Can India achieve the goal of rapid economic growth while leaving its wilderness intact? These are questions that every conservation biologist or practitioner grapples with today. Although these questions may seem simple, their answers are layered—like an onion—as Pankaj Sekhsaria points out in the Editor’s note of Conservation Read More

Book Review — Waders of the Indian Subcontinent by Harkirat Singh Sangha

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By Harkirat Singh Sangha
Published in association with World Wide Fund for Nature
Hardback, 520 pages

This book review originally appeared in the February 2022 issue of Sanctuary Asia magazine.

The pandemic has been a terrible time for all of us, with many major books, including some of my own being either cancelled or postponed.

Therefore, when the courier arrived one bleak morning, my joy knew no bounds, for it contained a huge tome on … Read More

Book Release – Wildlife Law for Rangers

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About the book

Effective implementation of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 (WLPA) and prosecution of offenders requires Forest Officers to also have a reasonable understanding of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (CrPC). However, lack of formal training makes interpretation of law and criminal procedures, an intimidating subject. This book seeks to address this major lacuna and has therefore been written in a very simple, easy to understand style along with specific wildlife related examples.

The step-by-step procedure to … Read More

Want To Save Tigers? Better Have Your Numbers Straight.

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  • New Book Provides Proven Methods for Monitoring Tiger and Prey Populations
  • The earth is currently home to less than 4000 wild tigers

(NEW YORK- December 12, 2017) A new book co-edited by tiger biologist Dr. Ullas Karanth of (WCS) Wildlife Conservation Society and Dr. James Nichols, an Emeritus statistical ecologist from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), provides an authoritative text on monitoring tigers, their prey, and many other similarly endangered species.

The volume is co-authored by 32 authors, from … Read More

Book Review: Nature without Borders

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Edited by Mahesh Rangarajan, M.D. Madhusudan and Ghazala Shahabuddin

When we think of wildlife, the mind usually leaps to Protected Areas (PAs) and charismatic megafauna. However, India’s 650+ National Parks and Sanctuaries collectively occupy just 5% of the country’s land area. So, what about the remaining 95%?  How important is it for conservation? The fact is, a surprising number of wildlife species live outside PAs, in our coastal waters, rivers, Reserve Forests, community lands and, … Read More

Book Review – Nature and Nation: Essays on Environmental History

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Thanks to Conservation India’s content sharing agreement with Livemint, we are able to bring some interesting conservation articles authored by Ananda Banerjee.

Nature and Nation – Mahesh Rangarajan / Permanent Black / Rs 795/-

Eminent scholar and historian, Mahesh Rangarajan’s new book ‘Nature And Nation’ transcends academia to reach out to readers with an interest in natural history. When books on nature are few and far between, this book is a good read for people who get inspired by nature … Read More

Book Release – Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the past, present and future

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In a rapidly urbanising India, cities have emerged as places of conflict between people and nature. What is the future for conservation in Indian cities?

Nature in the City examines the past, present, and future of nature in Bengaluru, one of India’s largest and fastest growing cities. Once known as the Garden City of India, Bengaluru’s tree-lined avenues, historic parks, and expansive water bodies have witnessed degradation and destruction in recent years. Yet, nature still exhibits a … Read More

Book review — Bird Sense, Tim Birkhead

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Can we ever know what it is like to be a bird? As poetic as the question may appear to be, it’s fascinating how the question has captured the attention of a bunch of  scientists, artists and other professionals ranging from neurosurgeons, ecologists, physiologists to bird illustrators and medieval travellers. The fascination with bird flight is possibly as old as language itself. Birds are among the early cave paintings, be it in the subterranean caves discovered by teenage boys at Read More

Book Review: Shifting Ground – People, Animals, and Mobility in India’s Environmental History

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Shifting Ground – People, Animals, and Mobility in India’s Environmental History

Edited by Mahesh Rangarajan and K. Sivaramakrishnan, Oxford University Press

This weighty book, containing 10 essays by as many scholars – and a comprehensive introduction by its eminent editors – is clearly meant for consumption primarily by other scholars. To this reviewer, who can at best describe himself as a discerning reader, the adjective ‘esoteric’ often came to mind while thumbing through its 310 pages.

Given the extremely wide … Read More

Book Review — Green Signals

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by Jairam Ramesh
Oxford University Press; Rs 850

Reviewed by Prerna Singh Bindra (An edited version of this appeared in The Hindustan Times on 21 March 2015)

Before we delve into the book, let’s consider the author, former union minister of environment and forests, Jairam Ramesh, whose image was arguably larger than the chair he occupied. Was Ramesh ‘Mr Green’, or a ‘Green Terror’ as labeled, rather unkindly, and certainly without merit, by a mainstream weekly magazine? The … Read More

Book Review — Birds and People

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Birds and people
by Mark Cocker & David Tipling.
London: Jonathan Cape. 2013.
Hardback (22 x 28 cm), pp. 1–592.
Rs. 2,999/-.

As bird books go, this whopping doorstopper took eight years in the making in which 600–800 people, from 81 countries, responded to the authors’ invitation to contribute. The responses of 300 people were selected and woven into the mesmerising and encyclopaedic tapestry of Mark Cocker’s lucid narrative. Stitched into its landscape are 350 spectacular photographs that David Tipling … Read More

Book Review — “Discover Avenue Trees: A Pocket Guide” by Karthikeyan S

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The months of February and March were pleasant ones for Time Out staffers. When we went to get a cup of coffee, we would pass by Ulsoor Lake. Our walk was made colourful by a line of trees ablaze with pink flowers. As we ambled along the broken pavement, coffee in hand, soft blossoms would rain upon us, and carpet our path with a sheen of fragile pink. It was only when reading Discover Avenue Trees: A Pocket Guide by … Read More

Book Review — Indian Mammals

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Did you know the following facts?

There are 400 species of mammals in India. Clouded leopards, caracals and desert cats mew like domestic cats. The sun bear is also known as the dog bear because of its dog-size frame. The rusty spotted cat is the smallest cat in the world. Tigers mostly eat prey that weigh more than 30kg. The Asiatic lion is less social than its African counterpart. The golden cat resembles a miniature North American puma. The rarest … Read More

Book Review — Ecological and Environmental Reporting in India: The Handbook for Media, NGOs and People

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Ecological and Environmental Reporting in India: The Handbook for Media, NGOs and People

Author: Santosh Shintre
Publisher: Sakal, 2013
Price: Rs 490.00

Reviewed by Prema Naraynen

Despite the growth of social media in the last few years, it is still the mainstream media that influences public opinion. “Of the 82,222 newspapers and 626 television channels in the country, space allotted to coverage of environmental issues in less than 1.5 percent,” states Shintre in the Preface to his Handbook.

Look up … Read More