Thursday, March 15, 2012

The World Sparrow Day - March 20

The abase house sparrow has fans outside the rarefied world of birdwatchers. “It's because successive generations arose up with this passerine bird. It's little surprise that they feel its absence,” says Madras Naturalists' Society (MNS) and adds that this love for the sparrow bird is adequte to script its comeback.

MNS is creating a “Sparrow Map of Chennai” and it relies mostly on residents to achieve this task. To involve the community in this conservation effort, MNS has called an event for World Sparrow Day for the every year “March 20” that requires people to write in about places where they have seen sparrows.

Participants are awaited to look for these birds in their neighbourhood on March 20 and note down the location, time, weather, number of sparrows, activities they were engaged in, location of nests (if any), other birds or animals found in the vicinity and other relevant information. If participants have managed to click photographs of these sparrows, they may send them in.

MNS will work on this data, visiting these sites and looking for ways to improve sparrow populations there. “Areas where sparrows even flock may offer clues to understanding factors that confirm these birds. Various theories have been forwarded to brief the dwindling numbers of sparrows and collecting data about these birds from areas where they are still found may help get at conclusions about these theories.

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Bears Dancing Amazing

The bears feature as significant characters in many of our success stories. But, have you seen the images of bears abused so that their owners can make a keep out of it?

The horrible exercise of dancing bears and the deliver and rehabilitation projects to check this was one of the issues talked about at a symposium held in the city recently looked by many animal welfare organizations in India. Dr. Arun Sha, veterinary officer at Wildlife SOS's Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Centre, in his presentation explaining the projects carried out by the organization to prevent this practice, said that sloth bears were mainly poached for this purpose. Wildlife SOS with the affirm of the Government and other organisations had delivered 600 dancing bears.

The practice of utilizing dancing bears for entertainment in India dates endorse to the Mughal era when Kalandars were hired in courts. Though it was banned by law in 1972, studies found that as of 2002, there were more than 1,200 dancing bears all above the country.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Comeback of grey pelicans Bird creates immense academic interest

The return back of grey pelicans bird to Kolleru Lake has generated a wonderful amount of academic interest in the avian fauna of the lake. The amount of migratory and residential birds recorded by the Wildlife Division of the Forest Department has almost accomplished 200.

Several species of jacanas, storks, herons, ducks, teals, cormorants, daters, terns, pigeons, doves, swifts, kingfishers, drongos, bee-eaters, cuckoos, parakeets, swallows, bitterns, owls and sparrows are on the list of birds that have made a home in the lake. Many of these birds were rare and threatened spices. The large whistling teal is listed in Schedule-I of the Wildlife (Protection Act) 1972. The migratory birds stopped coming and the residential birds left with the devastation of their habitat by unregulated aquaculture.

The grey pelican birds were among the first birds to stop arriving to the lake to roost. But the many steps has taken by the Forest Department brought these large birds back.

The birds remained away from the lake for a couple of decades. The lake which is a Ramsar site was then announced a wildlife sanctuary. Several illegal fish tanks were destroyed as part of Operation Kolleru. The birds came back after that, but did not stay to perch in the season. The Forest Department then took special steps to see that the pelicans that were coming every year remained back in Atapaka to nest.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Local Guardians Back to Protect Sariska Tigers

The New Year augurs well for the Sariska Tiger Reserve, for the local guardians of the 400 sq km sanctuary nestling in the lap of the Aravallis are back vowing to protect the land, the trees, the fauna and the apex animal, tiger.

One could visualise the return of the lovely days for Sariska as early this past week villagers in the neighbourhood of the park -- which had lost all tigers in the wild some years back to alleged poaching -- inspired by Waterman Rajendra Singh started a 19-day padyatra committing themselves to protection of this precious island of bio-diversity towards which the metropolis of Delhi is stretching its hands greedily!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Anomalocaris Super-predator's Eyes Hunter

Anomalocaris, the ancestor of modern insects, had 16,000 separate lenses in each eye giving it a massive advantage when locating its prey. The remains of a pair of ancient compound eyes that belonged to the world's first tremendous predator have been discovered by fossil hunters in Australia.

Anomalocaris was a soft-bodied marine beast that patrolled the oceans over half a billion years ago. Adults grew to a metre long & had eyes on stalks.

The creature also had grasping claws and teeth-like serrations in its mouth that it used to capture and feed on other marine animals. The fossilised excrement of the predator suggests it may have crunched up trilobites, which were up to 25cm long.

Each eye was around centimetres across and contained over 16,000 separate lenses, to give the creature outstanding vision to support its predatory lifestyle.

The ability to spot prey from far away would have influenced the evolutionary arms race that played out in the Cambrian, when animal life became extraordinarily diverse.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A lesson about in the wild Animal

I was with some of my friends and a baby in one of the vast grasslands of Africa. We had gone there to experience life in nature, the animals in their place of origin and not behind bars, generally dry grasslands with a lot of zebra, antelope and wild bulls. Delighted with our new order to better understand the nature, we moved with our binoculars as quietly as possible.

At that time, my foot got caught in a wild vine and fell crying in pain. By fall, the baby in my arms also fell but fortunately was not hurt. The following series of events that happened in an instant - I heard a roar heard somewhere close shots and turned just in time to see the glorious black and orange stripes to pounce on me. At that time the others in my group had run for safety. They could do nothing to help.

The beast turned to me and with each step I took, I could feel myself about to death. I do not have the strength to move from my position. However, the tiger cheated on me and went straight with a grin for the baby who is near me. I could not do anything but pray with all my strength. Just as I was showing all the signs of a movement there was a theft in the bushes and out came jumping merrily, the tiger cub.

Perhaps he was delighted to see another creature of the same age, or what other reason, but the puppy away from his mother and patted the boy with his skin and within seconds I heard a baby laugh.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Coyote-Wolf hybrids have spread across Eastern U.S.

Some coyotes have expanded their range eastward bred with wolves in the Great Lakes region. The pairings created viable hybrid offspring identified by their DNA and skulls have been found in the mid-Atlantic states like New York and Pennsylvania.

Now, DNA analysis of coyote droppings new shows for the first time that some coyotes in the state of Virginia are also part of the wolf. Scientists believe that these animals are the wolf-coyote hybrids that traveled to southern New England along the Appalachian Mountains.

Coyotes from the west are moving not only through the Great Lakes, but also south of the region, through Ohio. But so far, it is unknown how the southern route of colonization was influencing coyotes in the mid-Atlantic region.