Divya Mehra Every February, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology organises ‘The Great Backyard Bird Count’ (GBBC), a worldwide citizen science event encouraging birders, students, and the general public to count and identify birds found in their surrounding areas. The event is a fun, and easy way of engaging bird watchers from all age groups in … Continue reading Birding for an Amateur
Himanshu Choudhery The Dhanauri wetland is a small but important wetland located in Greater Noida, Gautam Buddha Nagar district, Uttar Pradesh, close to the Okhla bird sanctuary and Surajpur wetland. The wetland is surrounded by several villages, namely, Dhanauri, Amipur Bangar, Thasrana, Gadana and Bhatta. The wetland, which is mostly composed of marshes, is a … Continue reading Dhanauri: A Bird Habitat Amidst Human Habitation
Amit Kaushik Soils are known to have enormous seed banks and there are some long-lived seeds which patiently wait to sprout until the seed dormancy period has passed. However, in an area where wetlands have been drained and cultivated for more than 10-15 years, seeds in the seed bank die and may not be able … Continue reading The Grass is Greener on Every Side
By Vijaylakshmi It is season of monsoon 2017! You can’t miss this information as few of our friends never fail to update us by expressing their immense love for rain and raindrops on social media. Some adore it, some detest it (specially those who are they stuck in traffic for hours). Amongst many other discussions … Continue reading Two Sides of Flood
By Vipin Kumar Wetlands are highly productive, water saturated areas having life adapted under these conditions. Swamps, marshes, estuaries, and bogs are all examples of wetlands. They act as a sponge to control flood, recharge groundwater and filter nutrients. They also offer habitats to different native flora and fauna, and breeding spaces to migratory birds. In … Continue reading Threatened wetland ecology: impact of over fertilization and non-point sources
By Ajay Immanuel Gonji It has been a little over a year and a half since Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) entered into a management agreement with the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to restore a small relict of the Jahangirpuri group of wetlands. The Dheerpur Wetland Park (DWP) is an ambitious collaborative project between AUD and … Continue reading Huge Opportunity and Even Bigger Challenges: Wetland Restoration in the Urban
By Vijaylakshmi Suman In order to protect and conserve wetlands as it is one of the important ecosystems, Central Government had made rules for conservation and management of wetlands in 2010. In March 2016, Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has come up with new set of rules with an intention to protect … Continue reading Implications of New Wetland Rules 2016.
By Vijaylakshmi Suman Ecologists use referencing information in ecological restoration to define pre-set goals and approach to evaluate success of a project. The larger goal is also to determine the condition under which restored ecosystem would sustain on its own. The selection and use of reference information is a central and defining issue for restoration … Continue reading Referencing is central to Ecological Restoration?