Where the land meets the sea

by Pooja Rathod   Today’s article is not about animals walking on land or swimming in the ocean. It’s about big and small creatures living in-between – that is, where the land meets the sea. In this ‘inter-tidal zone’, the water rises and falls every few hours, alternately drowning and then completely drying out this […]

Eyes in the forest

by Rashmi Bhat   When I was young and could not sleep at night, my mother would ask me to “count sheep.” I was meant to imagine a large number of sheep jumping over a fence one by one, and to try counting them so that the repetitive exercise (and sheer boredom!) would lull me to sleep. […]

New crew on board!

Several new people have joined us at NCF, between last issue of BushChat (when it was still print-on-paper only) and now. Many are field staff from local communities, who form the backbone of every project we undertake. Without their intimate knowledge of the landscapes and species, and their generosity in sharing this knowledge, our work would simply […]

Survival tips to a young fish from an old fish

by Rucha Karkarey Last week, you were a small fish fry who survived a perilous journey in the open ocean. You have nearly reached your destination now — a beautiful coral reef in the Lakshadweep islands. It is here that you will find a home and settle down for life. You’ve learnt last week that settling […]

The life of a fry

by Rucha Karkarey Where do baby fish come from? You probably thought about Nemo – the famous clownfish who was raised by his parents in an anemone ‘nest’. Many fish like Nemo rear their young, in makeshift nests. The trusty male seahorse nurtures his partner’s eggs in his stomach. Some strange fish like cardinalfish even […]

A crown in the flower

by Siddharthan Surveswaran When you pass through any wasteland in your locality you may notice a pale green plant with thick leaves and small purplish-white flowers. Some even grow this plant in front of their houses for religious purposes. This plant is calledCalotropis, and it is a widespread kind of milkweed, originally from Africa. When […]


by Rashmi Bhat An endangered species makes a living off people’s garbage “Paltan Bazaar to Boragaon”, I told my cab driver. “Where in Boragaon?” he enquired. “The massive dumping ground”, I said. His smile betrayed his thought: “Another one of those crazy tourists”. Still, he drove me to Boragaon. Mid-way, he got curious. “Why would […]

Nono: king of the mountains

by Ranjini Murali In the high mountains of Central Asia, where the climate is too harsh for even trees to grow, lives an animal almost as mythical as the Yeti. This is the Snow Leopard, the most elusive of the big cats. Peering through my binoculars, I was sure I was looking at this fabled […]