A confused biodiversity congress: First impressions from the 2nd Indian Biodiversity Congress

For every complex problem, there is a simple solution, and it is invariably wrong – Madhav Gadgil, quoting HL Mencken at the 2nd Indian Biodiversity Congress I had an opportunity to attend the 2nd Indian Biodiversity Congress that started today in Bangalore. What was quite amazing was the diversity of speakers in terms of their background/disciplines…… Continue reading A confused biodiversity congress: First impressions from the 2nd Indian Biodiversity Congress

the biligirirangan hills

The BR Hills forests, until recently protected as a wildlife sanctuary under the Wildlife Protection Act have recently been upgraded to a Tiger Reserve. And by no means without reason; BRT is one of the 42 global source sites for tigers, “so termed because these areas contain concentrations of tigers that have the potential to repopulate…… Continue reading the biligirirangan hills

NarcondaMn

Update: Apparently, the ayes have it! The Envt. & Forests Ministry’s committee decidees NOT TO go ahead with the proposal! The Narcondam Horbill, an endangered species of hornbill from the Narcondam Island in the Andaman & Nicobar chain of islands is under threat. A proposal (a short-sighted one, clearly) to install a RADAR and a…… Continue reading NarcondaMn

Dazzled and deceived

Thanks to a recent British library membership acquisition, I got hold of this book by Peter Forbes – Dazzled and deceived: Mimicry and Camouflage. The book effortlessly leads the reader through a journey that begins in earnest with the comma butterfly flying across a garden and slowly winding its way through personal lives of luminaries…… Continue reading Dazzled and deceived

“old and fragile records” in an age of RTI and computers: How our heritage collections are managed by ZSI

The Zoological Survey of India has an illustrious history. On 1st July, 1916, the organisation was instituted with a mission to “…to promote survey, exploration and research leading to the advancement in our knowledge of various aspects of exceptionally rich life of the erstwhile British Indian Empire” (Emphasis mine). Alfred William Alcock was a British physician-naturalist,…… Continue reading “old and fragile records” in an age of RTI and computers: How our heritage collections are managed by ZSI