The top predators of our oceans are being exterminated as governments see fit to cull them and Chinese shark-fin soups find their simple fins just irresistible. Apart from such cruel and blinkered...
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Our lab just put together a handy list of upcoming ecology, conservation and modelling conferences around the world in 2014. Others might also find it useful. Some of the abstract submission deadli...
Twenty-seven on the list so far.
Earth is on the brink of a sixth mass extinction – and this time the calamity isn’t an asteroid or a cold snap There have been five mass extinction events in Earth’s history. In the worst, 250 mil...
The Montana Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife recently contributed $15,000 to the federal agency focused on reducing damage to livestock caused by coyotes and wolves.
The donation is targeted for the U. S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services, the agency responsible for removing unwanted wildlife. Large numbers of unwanted wildlife.
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is one of the lone and Oldest bird sanctuary in Pune. And the 20-acre park is been used as a dumping ground for garbage from Sangamwadi by the Pune Muncipal Corporation (PMC). Signs declare it to be under PMC maintenance, but no workforce has been allocated for maintenance and security, or for keeping records of birds sighted in the sanctuary. It is apalling that not only our authorities ignoring maintenance of the sanctuary, but are contributing to the conamination and pollution as well. It is impossible for citizens to visit and come away with pleasant memories.
It is becoming a destination for unscrupolous activities like Tree-cutting, dumping garbage and gambling, in addition to becoming a breeding ground for stray dogs, and emptying of sewage into the nearby mula-mutha rivers.
A drainage line that runs inside the sanctuary is broken and is the source of contaminated water pockets that become breeding grounds for mosquitoes, flees and sand flies.
Without any security systems, there are safety concerns, especially during early morning and late evening hours.
The sanctuary's pollution is leading to a dip in the number of birds visiting, besides the shallow water habitat bird species like shorebirds or waders, sandpipers, stilts, snipes and godwits used to flock to the sanctuary before contamination of the river water increased.
The sanctuary used to boast of a diversified habitat with shallow water reserves as also rock outcrops. However, disturbances to the environment have reduced bird sightings drastically in the last six months.
As conservation science increasingly draws from sophisticated models and genomics, does natural history still have relevance? Benjamin Kilham, a dyslexic who has made significant contributions to bear research, builds a powerful case for field observation in his book, "Out on a Limb."