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Almost every morning for the last two decades, Juliet has appeared. She swoops onto the zoo enclosure where macaws are kept and, through its fence, engages in grooming behavior that looks like conjugal canoodling.
In Assam, locals struggle to find Bihu special greens owing to unplanned urbanisation, climate change
For Rongali Bihu, the Assamese new year, a special dish is traditionally prepared — a concoction of ‘ekho-ek bidh xaak’, or 101 varieties of local leafy greens and herbs, that is believed to be beneficial to health.
Anand Vishwanadha on his versatile poetry collection Stray Birds, and what birdwatching brings to his life
Anand Vishwanadha's Stray Birds reads like a birder’s journal, but one that has been pruned to hold only the most memorable images and resultant thoughts.
S Hareesh’s novel Moustache, translated from Malayalam into English by Jayasree Kalathil, is set in Kuttanad where he has lived his entire life.
Chinese novel The Waste Tide goes where little writing ever does — the recycling industry and class inequality at its heart
The greatest lesson of Chinese author Chen Qiufan’s little-known novel, The Waste Tide, may be that trash is frequently invisible to those who create it — as are the people who process it, such as manual scavengers, the labourers in ship breaking yards and so on.
In times of climate crisis, why nature-journalling can be a simple, yet potent tool to build intimacy with nature
The practice of nature-journalling has been variously adapted by enthusiasts to forms that personally suit them, with the split between scientific observation, writing and illustration varying wildly from person to person. This private note-keeping is the simplest, most accessible form of nature writing available to a wide spectrum of people, especially at a time when the world is threatened by rising fascism, climate crisis and infectious diseases, as there seems to be an urgent need for practices that will anchor us and deepen our ties to our one world.
Ramya Reddy’s Soul of the Nilgiris is a tribute to the Nilgiris, a mountainous range whose landscape comprises shola forest and grassland, and the four indigenous groups that populate the upper regions | Urvashi Bahuguna writes in #PagesFromTheWild
A field guide to field guides: Be it a title on birds or trees, for nature enthusiasts there are few tomes as useful
In this fortnight's #PagesFromTheWild column, Urvashi Bahuguna writes why field guides are the books related to nature she returns to most often — the ones that continually teach her new details and correct imperfectly remembered knowledge
Of sundews, strangler fig and elephant foot yam: Nirupa Rao's Hidden Kingdom is an ode to flora of Western Ghats
In Hidden Kingdom, the unusual plants of the Western Ghats are demystified and allowed the space they need to be understood in their singularity, Urvashi Bahuguna writes in a new column about environmental literature, #PagesFromTheWild
PIL filed in Supreme Court requesting prompt assistance from Centre, state govt in curbing Uttarakhand wildfires
A public interest litigation was filed in the Supreme Court on Thursday seeking urgent steps to protect forests, wildlife and birds from wildfires in Uttarakhand. Every year forest fires in the state causes great loss to the forest ecosystem, the diversity of the flora and fauna and the economic wealth and is one of the major disasters there. The plea also demanded for legal rights of the animals residing in the forests.
Troubled by forest fires, wild animals are migrating from upper reaches of Uttarakhand to lower forests close to human habitats, causing alarm.
The organisation has thus far kept its finger on the pulse of this dynamic system, anticipating changes and swinging them in the best interests of people and wildlife.