4 new frog species found in Northeast after 14-year study

4 new frog species found in Northeast after 14-year study News: An Indian and British team of biologists have discovered four new species of horned frogs in the Northeast, ending a 15-year confusion on the amphibians’ nomenclature. Important Facts: This has been the result of a 14-year study that was a joint effort by Delhi… Continue reading 4 new frog species found in Northeast after 14-year study

Rare bird sighted in Kerala’s Chinnar sanctuary

Rare bird sighted in Kerala’s Chinnar sanctuary News: 1.       Sri Lankan Frogmouth which  is usually  confined to its habitation in the western side of the Western Ghats was recently noticed on the eastern side of the Western Ghats for the first time which has sparked much interest among ornithologists. Important Facts: This rare bird species… Continue reading Rare bird sighted in Kerala’s Chinnar sanctuary

A forest filled with butterflies

A forest filled with butterflies News: Recently, butterfly survey was organised in Parambikulam. Important Facts: This is the fourth consecutive year that the butterfly survey is being organised in Parambikulam. The survey is initiated jointly by the Department of Forest and Wildlife, Parambikulam Tiger Conservation Foundation, and the Wayanad-based Ferns Naturalists Society. About Parambikulam Tiger… Continue reading A forest filled with butterflies

Greater flamingoes visit Hope Island after 25 years

Greater flamingoes visit Hope Island after 25 years News: Recently a flock of five greater flamingoes were spotted on the Coast of Hope Island in East Godavari River Estuarine Eco (EGREE) System after a long gap of 25 years. Important Facts: Last occurrence: These were last seen in a group about two and a half… Continue reading Greater flamingoes visit Hope Island after 25 years

Moths are key to pollination in Himalayan ecosystem

Moths are key to pollination in Himalayan ecosystem News: A study was conducted recently by the  Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) to reveal the moths as pollinators in the ecosystem. Important Facts: 2. Under the project titled “Assessment of Moths (Lepidoptera) As Significant Pollinators in the Himalayan Ecosystem of North Eastern India”, scientists collected moth… Continue reading Moths are key to pollination in Himalayan ecosystem

Siberian visitors freeze Assam-Meghalaya border dispute

Siberian visitors freeze Assam-Meghalaya border dispute News: Pangti village at Doyang in Nagaland’s Wokha district is selected as the venue of the inaugural edition of the Amur Falcon Conservation Week & Festivals from 8 to 10 November this year. Important Facts: 2. The festival this year, an initiative of the Nagaland government’s tourism department. 3.… Continue reading Siberian visitors freeze Assam-Meghalaya border dispute

Migratory birds start arriving at Chilika, numbers are down

Migratory birds start arriving at Chilika, numbers are down News: Migratory birds arriving in Chilika lake this year winters have declined than their usual numbers. Important Facts: 2. About Chilika lake: Chilika Lake, Odisha is one of the largest wintering grounds in Asia, where close to one million birds congregate on the mudflats of the… Continue reading Migratory birds start arriving at Chilika, numbers are down

Our time begins now

Our time begins now News: The article discusses about India’s vulnerability to climate change and a road map to transit quickly to a near-zero carbon economy. Important Facts: 2. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), recently released a report in Seoul  highlighting the impacts that developing countries like India would face if global warming touches… Continue reading Our time begins now

Aim, shoot for a citizen-science repository of Indian mammals

Aim, shoot for a citizen-science repository of Indian mammals News: Scientists from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore have come up with a new citizen-science repository on Indian mammals, called Mammals of India (MaOI). Important Facts: 2. About Mammals of India (MaO): It is an online, peer- reviewed, freely-accessible portal which aims to… Continue reading Aim, shoot for a citizen-science repository of Indian mammals

Where Ganga meets the Bay of Pollution

Where Ganga meets the Bay of Pollution News: A research paper highlighted the worsening water quality of Ganga river after the Ganga Sagar Mela celebrated on Sagar Islands (West Bengal) Important Facts: A paper titled ‘Pollution and its consequences at Ganga Sagar mass bathing in India’, was published recently in the journal Environment, Development and… Continue reading Where Ganga meets the Bay of Pollution