Birds

Organic farms help Thailand welcome cranes lost for 50 years

In this Friday, Nov 4, 2016, photo, animal scientists Tanat Uttaraviset, left, and Natawut Wanna, wear crane suits as they carry a sarus crane to be released into the wild at a wetland acclimating center in Buriram, Thailand. The tallest flying birds in the world, 70 incubator-hatched, hand-fed sarus cranes have been raised and released over the past five years in Thailand’s farm-rich northeast province of Buriram, whooping their startling two-toned song at dawn. (Gemunu Amarasinghe/Associated Press) By Mar

 A fuzzy-headed baby sarus crane hatched on a rural farm this fall offers a glimmer of hope for wildlife conservationists, organic farming advocates and a nation grieving after the death of their beloved king. That’s because this chubby chick named Rice is the first of its auspicious species to survive after hatching in the wild in Thailand in 50 years.

Eastern Himalayan Naturnomics™ Forum 2016

photo from the captive breeding session of Eastern Himalayan Naturnomics™ Forum 2016

Knowledge is not confined to books or academia alone – one can learn from years of observation and experience too. Three local Botanists from Balipara, Assam, whose great knowledge of Botany was gained through decades of practical experience and not through formal education, bear testimony to this fact.

Phalong Village in Manipur declared as Amur Falcon Village

Phalong Village in Manipur declared as Amur Falcon Village

Phalong village, Tamenglong, in Manipur has been officially declared as an Amur Falcon Village by the government of Manipur on 26th November 2015, after acknowledging the villagers efforts to conserve the bird species.

‘Like it’s been nuked’: Millions of bees dead after South Carolina sprays for Zika mosquitoes

On Sunday morning, the South Carolina honey bees began to die in massive numbers.

On Sunday morning, the South Carolina honey bees began to die in massive numbers.

Death came suddenly to Dorchester County, S.C. Stressed insects tried to flee their nests, only to surrender in little clumps at hive entrances. The dead worker bees littering the farms suggested that colony collapse disorder was not the culprit — in that odd phenomenon, workers vanish as though raptured, leaving a living queen and young bees behind.

All-Women 'Army' Protecting Rare Bird in India

Greater adjutant storks stand near a garbage dump on the outskirts of Gauhati, India, on June 5, 2012.  PHOTOGRAPH BY ANUPAM NATH, AP

DADARA, INDIAOn a cloudy day in July, in a remote village in northeastern India, Charu Das excitedly imitates the awkward movements of a stork with her hands.

In a few months, the greater adjutant stork—called hargilla, which means "swallower of bones" in Sanskrit—will descend on this hamlet, situated in Assam's Brahmaputra Valley, to breed in large numbers.

"You will soon catch sight of this dark, quirky-looking bird, with large, thick bills, stalking over the beds of these wetlands or on the rain-soaked paddy fields in its typical military gait," Das says.

Crested Kingfisher

Ccrested Kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris) is resident of the Himalayas and foothills of Northern India, Bangladesh, northern Indochina, Southeast Asia, Japan and Russia. It is a very large (41 cm) black and white kingfisher with evenly barred wings and tail. It lacks a supercilium and has a spotted breast, which is sometimes mixed with rufous. This bird is mainly found in mountain rivers and larger rivers in foothills.

 

Plea to focus on other species also at Kaziranga

Guwahati, Dec. 20: Kaziranga belongs not only to the rhinos but to other species, too.

This is the direction the Wildlife Institute of India has asked the national park authorities to take, paying greater attention to the conservation of tigers and other species.

The institute, in a report on the management effectiveness evaluation of tiger reserves in the country, said the management of Kaziranga tiger reserve was largely rhino-centric and all the attention, efforts and publicity were aimed only at rhinos.

Kaziranga National Park Bird Watching Tour

Kaziranga National Park has been identified by Bird life International as an important bird area. Visitors of Park can get an opportunity to watch plenty of birds in addition to the numerous species of wild animals. Eastern range of this wildlife reserve is considered to be the best region for bird-watching enthusiasts.

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