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WORKSHOP | Ecological restoration: Principles, practice, and monitoring

Dates: 1-5 May 2017 (excluding arrival and departure dates) Location: NCF rainforest restoration research station, Valparai, Anamalai Hills, Tamil Nadu, India Lead instructors: Dr T R Shankar Raman, Dr Anand Osuri and Dr Divya Mudappa Ecological restoration of fragmented and degraded habitats can play an important role in conserving biodiversity and improving the supply of […]

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When termites take wing

by Abinand Reddy The summer had beaten the valley. Everything looked thirsty – the animals and trees. Even the ground looked parched. Except for the occasional rustling of the tired and dusty leaves, the valley stood still. The calls of birds and squirrels weren’t to be heard today. Maybe they had found a nice shady […]

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The fall of a squirrel

by Suhel Quader I was in the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, named after the beautiful river that flows through it. In October, the trees in the forest were already beginning to shed their leaves, and the landscape looked brown and drab. Except, that is, the part of the sanctuary through which the river flows. The silver […]

Musings on Madras Museum

I visited the Zoology section of Madras Government Museum in 2014 and found that it to be an interesting place. As a wildlife biologist, I found the Natural history section very interesting as well as important for education and scientific reasons. Several collections displayed in this section are of historical importance, such as the rare […]

Sing me a folktale

The calls and songs for birds are beautiful and distinctive, and are the subject of folklore in different parts of India. There are various interesting folklores based on some of the bird calls and songs. In some parts of Tamil Nadu, the Common Hawk Cuckoo is called Akka Kuyil (Akka means elder sister and Kuyil […]

Birds that call their names

Imagine having our names based on the shape of our nose, our hairstyle, our body color, or based on the way we speak and behave! It would be funny and possibly even horrible, don’t you think? Fortunately our parents did not do that. But this is exactly what ornithologists did while naming most of the […]