Tenzin and the wolf pups

By Charudutt Mishra How has Spiti influenced me? This is a very hard question to answer. It is akin to trying to describe my mother’s influence on me. Or that of my son. When something is a part of you, it is hard to disentangle the skeins of influence that separate it from you. And, […]

Ten Neighbourhood Trees

Have you picked up a jamun or two, or seen an amaltas tree that’s still in bloom recently? Here are ten of the many trees that silently brighten up our days—even when they aren’t parading their flowers.     If you’d like to monitor a tree that you love near your home, workspace, or just […]

Signs of stress—in elephant poop

We humans don’t just stress each other out, sometimes elephants too are affected by our activities. And signs of this stress have been found in what might seem like a rather unlikely place—their poop!   Wildlife habitat everywhere is shrinking, and India is no exception—forests are being converted to places that aren’t as welcoming towards […]

Flexible Fish: new study from the Lakshadweep

In their bright yellow-and-blue finery, melon butterflyfish are hard to miss—you must have seen them on one of your dives. And if you’re like me, who hasn’t ever been on one, you’ve probably seen them swimming across your screen in some underwater video. These fish—the melon butterflyfish—really love being around coral, and for good reason. […]

Field tales: surveying the endangered Nilgiri tahr

by Devika Rathore   Last month, we had a cross-programme survey—the High Altitude and Valparai teams got together to survey Anamalai Tiger Reserve for the endangered Nilgiri tahr! What a treat it is to watch these tahrs leap over grass-covered hills—they are found in the Western Ghats and nowhere else in the world!     We woke up to the […]

பறவைக் கோலங்கள்

கோலங்கள், குறிப்பாக மார்கழி மாதத்தில் வாசலில் இடப்படும் கோலங்கள் எப்போதுமே நம்மை வியக்க வைக்கும். சிறு வயதில் அம்மா காலையிலும் மாலையிலும் வாசல் கூட்டி, நீர் தெளித்து, சில வேளைகளில் சாணியையும் கரைத்து மெ ழுகிய பின் இடும் அழகான கோலங்களைக் கண்டு வியந்திருக்கிறேன். தஞ்சை கரந்தையில், எங்கள் வீட்டின் வாசலில், மார்கழி மாதக்  குளிரான காலை நேரங்களில் அம்மா கோலமிடும் போது தூக்கக் கலக்கத்துடன் நானும் என் தங்கையும் கோலத்தின் அருகில் அமர்ந்து வேடிக்கைப் பார்த்துக் […]