NCF newsstand

A new year is here and we wish everyone a wonderful 2011 and many exciting days ahead! Here at Ecologic, we shall continue to carry interesting articles about nature, people, landscapes, and conservation issues written by our biologists and staff, which also convey a flavour of the places where we work. In an effort to extend this to provide other news related to the Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF), we start a new feature NCF Newsstand that will periodically carry links to news articles, blog posts, and other information on the internet about NCF or our work with other people, institutions, and governments. Here’s are some recent items for our first edition:

Cameras keep eye on snow leopards in Spiti Valley

A news item about the camera-trapping for snow leopards in Himachal Pradesh being carried out by the state’s wildlife department in coordination with NCF. Read about this in the ‘Saving Snow Leopards’ blog: Camera reveals dog pack attacking snow leopard.

Forest watchers left to their lonely vigil

An article in the Times of India, by M. D. Madhusudan and Pavithra Sankaran of NCF,  highlighting the plight of the foot-soldiers of conservation in India: our forest watchers. It is time they receive greater care and recognition. Also in The Economic Times and in our blog: Nobody’s heroes: our forgotten forest watchers.

Rhythms of renewal

An article in The Hindu, by T. R. Shankar Raman and Divya Mudappa, looking back at conservation issues of recent past and ahead into 2011 from the perspective of the rainforests in the Anamalais. You can also read this on our blog: A red flush of leaves.

Use of banned pesticides brews trouble for coffee exporters

Some of the harmful pesticides in wide use in tea and coffee farms need to be discontinued or phased out and many sustainable agriculture practices need to be adopted in order to avail certification from Rainforest Alliance. An article in Business Line reports.

The frog blog: report from India

Tensie Whelan, president of Rainforest Alliance, blogs about her trip to India’s Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee and tea estates with Shankar Raman and Divya Mudappa of NCF (parts 1, 2, and 3)

Tigers attack livestock due to poor prey base

News article in The Times of India about the Molem and Mhadei wildlife sanctuaries, two of Goa’s critical wildlife areas, regarding NCF’s ongoing project on landscapes and corridors for large mammals in the Western Ghats. Read about Dr A J T Johnsingh’s observations and more.

Disease strikes wildlife in Bailoor forests

An article in The Hindu on haemorrhagic septicaemia affecting wildlife in forests near BRT Wildlife Sanctuary with comments of Forest Department officials, scientist and conservationists from NCF and other organisations, and planned action.

Exploring the world of the snow leopard

Brief about the talk by Dr Koustubh Sharma at Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) on 10th January. Koustubh works with the Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) as Regional Field Biologist and with Nature Conservation Foundation as Research Associate. Venue: Hornbill House, BNHS, Mumbai at 6.00 pm.

Jerdon’s Courser Species Recovery Plan

One of India’s, and indeed the world’s, most endangered species, the Jerdon’s Courser gets some priority attention with the preparation of a Species Recovery Plan. The Jerdon’s Courser also features prominently in the brochure on Critically Endangered Species of India, recently released by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF). The species recovery plan submitted by the Andhra Pradesh Forest Department, develops on the work of the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB), Universities of Cambridge & Reading, APFD, and NCF, and aims to include various organisations and stakeholders in saving the species from extinction.

Malabar civet: mystery or myth?

Speaking of critically endangered species, the Malabar civet is another such species restricted to India (and included in the above MoEF brochure), whose history and status was recently reviewed thoroughly in a paper published by R. Nandini of National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, and Divya Mudappa of NCF. The paper that appeared in the journal Small Carnivore Conservation generated a lively interest and looks set to stimulate a much-needed re-look at this species.

NCF website in NCERT geography textbook

NCF’s website is mentioned, along with websites of several other Indian conservation organisations, under ‘Websites you can see’ in Appendix 1 of the Class 10 geography textbook of the National Council for Education, Research and Training (NCERT), India. The social science textbook titled Contemporary India: Part II is rather nice, too. Check out the chapter on forest and wildlife resources.

Face to face with the king cobra man

Read on Ajay CR’s weblog, their exciting meeting with the legendary Romulus Whitaker, who was in Mysore to meet with friends at NCF and interact with an group of eminent scientists from National Geographic.