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Maharashtra: New plant species discovered in northern Western Ghats

The newly discovered species, under the genus Echinops (spiny thistle) and an erect branched flowering herb with stout stems, is endemic to western Maharashtra
Sahyadri globe thistle(Photo courtesy: Sushant More)
Sahyadri globe thistle(Photo courtesy: Sushant More)
Updated on Oct 25, 2020 09:58 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByBadri Chatterjee

Maharashtra re-examines ‘wetland’ status for Navi Mumbai flamingo haven

The team will make its submissions before the Bombay high court-appointed state wetland committee, which is headed by the Konkan commissioner, on October 27
On January 3, the Thane district administration had submitted its final report to the state government, which showed only three wetlands, excluding the ones in Navi Mumbai.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
On January 3, the Thane district administration had submitted its final report to the state government, which showed only three wetlands, excluding the ones in Navi Mumbai.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 21, 2020 11:18 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByBadri Chatterjee

Kanjur draws black kites, may threaten aircraft safety while landing: BNHS tells Bombay HC

This is among numerous submissions made in a report by the Bombay Natural History Society , a wildlife research body, to the Bombay high court based on the latter’s directions to evaluate the impact of solid waste management at the landfill on birds and the surrounding ecosystem
The Kanjur landfill, where scientific waste disposal is undertaken, is adjacent to the 1,690 ha Thane creek flamingo sanctuary but has been left out of the proposed eco-sensitive zone (buffer area).(Sourced)
The Kanjur landfill, where scientific waste disposal is undertaken, is adjacent to the 1,690 ha Thane creek flamingo sanctuary but has been left out of the proposed eco-sensitive zone (buffer area).(Sourced)
Published on Oct 09, 2020 10:10 AM IST
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Hindustan times, Mumbai | ByBadri Chatterjee

Delhi’s butterfly survey: All you need to know

Around 115 butterfly species are native to Delhi-NCR
The Common Silverline.(Sourced)
The Common Silverline.(Sourced)
Published on Sep 21, 2020 12:21 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySoumya Pillai

Delhi: 71 butterfly species spotted

Experts said many species, during the Covid-19 lockdown, were seen to have reacquired geographical areas where they had become extinct.
The Common Silverline and Common Three Ring butterflies.(HT Photo)
The Common Silverline and Common Three Ring butterflies.(HT Photo)
Published on Sep 21, 2020 01:43 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySoumya Pillai

Matheran boasts of 77 new species of butterflies

Scientists from BNHS and Somaiya Vidyavihar University here have published a research paper, titled ‘Finding the forgotten gems: Revisiting the butterflies of Matheran after 125 years.
The image shows a Chliaria othona, one of the new species of butterfly found in Matheran.(Biodiversity Data Journal/Finding the forgotten gems: revisiting the butterflies of Matheran after 125 years with introduction to novel colour barcode for depicting seasons and activity of the Indian butterflies)
The image shows a Chliaria othona, one of the new species of butterfly found in Matheran.(Biodiversity Data Journal/Finding the forgotten gems: revisiting the butterflies of Matheran after 125 years with introduction to novel colour barcode for depicting seasons and activity of the Indian butterflies)
Published on Aug 10, 2020 12:20 PM IST
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Mumbai | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury

Wildbuzz: Home they brought the flowers for the dead

Memories of the fallen heroes of Kargil have been lovingly kept alive by their parents
The wild flowers from Knoll, Drass, preserved in late Capt Vijayant Thapar’s baby book (left) and The Memory Cross at Point 4812, Batalik, honours late Capt Clifford Nongrum.(PHOTO: COL VN THAPAR (RETD)/KEISHING PETER)
The wild flowers from Knoll, Drass, preserved in late Capt Vijayant Thapar’s baby book (left) and The Memory Cross at Point 4812, Batalik, honours late Capt Clifford Nongrum.(PHOTO: COL VN THAPAR (RETD)/KEISHING PETER)
Updated on Jun 27, 2020 11:34 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByVikram Jit Singh

New gecko species discovered in Western Ghats after 6-year study

Named ‘Magnificent dwarf gecko’ (Cnemaspis magnifica), the species is endemic to rocky regions and was found on vertical rock faces in Hassan district of Karnataka.
The species is distinguished from others in its genus due to its size and round pupils.(Pic courtesy: Ishan Agarwal)
The species is distinguished from others in its genus due to its size and round pupils.(Pic courtesy: Ishan Agarwal)
Updated on Jun 18, 2020 01:30 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByBadri Chatterjee | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

Record flamingo numbers may clip wings of golf course project in Navi Mumbai

Close to a record 9,000 flamingos congregating across the Talawe wetlands in Navi Mumbai during the coronavirus-enforced lockdown has put the (golf) ball in the Maharashtra’s government’s court. The choice is between marking the area a conservation reserve or to go ahead with the plan of developing a golf course
A flock of flamingos at the Talawe wetlands.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
A flock of flamingos at the Talawe wetlands.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 29, 2020 06:31 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByBadri Chatterjee, Mumbai

‘25% more flamingos in MMR’

After delaying their annual migration to wetlands in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), flamingos are flocking to the city in large numbers.
A flock of flamingos at Nerul.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
A flock of flamingos at Nerul.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 19, 2020 04:23 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByBadri Chatterjee, Mumbai

Extended rainfall sees few flamingos at Bhigwan in Pune district

December and January is the period when the maximum number of visitors and bird watchers visit Bhigwan, about 250 km from Pune.
Flamingos, migratory birds are seen at Kumbhargaon, Bhigwan near Pune, India, on December 15, 2019.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
Flamingos, migratory birds are seen at Kumbhargaon, Bhigwan near Pune, India, on December 15, 2019.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 23, 2019 02:37 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByPrachi Bari and Pratham Gokhale

Review: Nature Conservation in the New Economy: People, Wildlife and the Law in IndiaEdited by Ghazala Shahabuddin and K Sivaramakrishnan

The nine case studies in this book range from the forests of the Western Ghats to the western Himalayas and take in forests and wetlands to look at the challenges facing conservation today
Nature strikes back: Floods in Dadar TT circle in Mumbai on September 4, 2019.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Nature strikes back: Floods in Dadar TT circle in Mumbai on September 4, 2019.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 14, 2019 12:32 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHarini Nagendra

Coral reefs may be on deathbed, acting on it, says green ministry

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Updated on Oct 17, 2019 12:26 AM IST
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ByBadri Chatterjee, Mumbai

New cat snake species found; named after Uddhav Thackeray’s son

The discovery is the first since 1894, when a species from the genus was found in the Western Ghats. The findings were published in the Journal of Bombay Natural History Society on Thursday.
The discovery is the first since 1894, when a species from the genus was found in the Western Ghats.
The discovery is the first since 1894, when a species from the genus was found in the Western Ghats.
Updated on Sep 27, 2019 04:26 AM IST
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Mumbai | ByBadri Chatterjee, Mumbai

In Bengal, 2 rescued vultures fitted with transmitters to be released in winter

The two birds, fitted with platform transmitter terminals (PTT), will be part of a batch of six Himalayan griffon vultures that would be released anytime this winter, said authorities in charge of the Rajabhatkhawa vulture breeding centre in Alipurduar district, about 720 km away from Kolkata.
Winter has been chosen to release the griffon vultures since they start arriving in the winter months.(HT PHOTO.)
Winter has been chosen to release the griffon vultures since they start arriving in the winter months.(HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Sep 07, 2019 06:55 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Siliguri | ByPramod Giri

Aarey of hope? Panel to visit Mumbai Metro-3 site before deciding on axing 2,000 trees

The tree authority has 18 members – 13 corporators from all parties and five independent experts appointed by the civic body.
From rehabilitation of residents in Girgaon and Kalbadevi to construction of car depot and alleged vibrations from the tunneling work – Metro-3 has been mired in trouble since the announcement of the project.(HT image)
From rehabilitation of residents in Girgaon and Kalbadevi to construction of car depot and alleged vibrations from the tunneling work – Metro-3 has been mired in trouble since the announcement of the project.(HT image)
Updated on Aug 14, 2019 10:42 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByMehul Thakkar

Security guards at Uran wetlands irk activists, fisherfolk

Cidco said the move is aimed at avoiding flooding and fishing activities in the area
Cabins have been installed near Uran wetlands for the security guards.(HT Photo)
Cabins have been installed near Uran wetlands for the security guards.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 01, 2019 12:09 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByBadri Chatterjee, Mumbai

Mumbaiwale: How to identify plants that only spring up in the monsoon?

A 60-year-old guidebook, complete with beautiful illustrations and local names might help
Picture for representation only.(HT Photo)
Picture for representation only.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 01, 2019 08:32 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByRachel Lopez

Drought in other habitats makes greater flamingos stay longer at Okhla sanctuary

The reason for their prolonged stay, according to foresters and ornithologists, is the lack of water and drought-like situation at their alternative sites.
A swarm of more than 150 Greater Flamingo has arrived at the national capital region’s Okhla Bird Sanctuary in Noida.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
A swarm of more than 150 Greater Flamingo has arrived at the national capital region’s Okhla Bird Sanctuary in Noida.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 09, 2019 02:56 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Noida | ByKushagra Dixit

MMR growth risks bird habitat, Navi Mumbai airport

The proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) is staring at another trouble, this time from birds.
HT has a copy of the report, which will be submitted to the state and the HC-appointed state mangroves committee this month. This is the second such report by BNHS in five years.(HT Photo)
HT has a copy of the report, which will be submitted to the state and the HC-appointed state mangroves committee this month. This is the second such report by BNHS in five years.(HT Photo)
Published on Jun 04, 2019 01:53 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByBadri Chatterjee

Mudflats destruction to lead birds coming in way of Navi Mumbai International Airport: Study

BHNS study estimated that 2.5 lakh birds are likely to be displaced from their roosting and feeding habitats and could come in the flight path once the NMIA is functional
Flamingoes at a pond behind TS Chanakya wetland in Navi Mumbai.(HT FILE)
Flamingoes at a pond behind TS Chanakya wetland in Navi Mumbai.(HT FILE)
Published on Jun 04, 2019 01:06 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByBadri Chatterjee, Mumbai

Mumbai’s 2nd-largest natural area Thane Creek needs to be saved

Thane creek, located between Mumbai harbour is 26 km long and its narrower upper areas have mudflats, salt pans and diversity-rich mangroves forests which urgently need to be saved.
The wetland and the adjacent Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary are globally significant, serving as a stop for migratory birds using the Central Asian Flyway.(HT File Photo/Praful Gangurde)
The wetland and the adjacent Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary are globally significant, serving as a stop for migratory birds using the Central Asian Flyway.(HT File Photo/Praful Gangurde)
Published on Jun 03, 2019 12:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByManoj R Nair

Thane creek wetlands need to be saved

The wetland and the adjacent Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary are globally significant, serving as a stop for migratory birds
The number of flamingos decreases at Thane creek due to illegal dumping.(HT Photo)
The number of flamingos decreases at Thane creek due to illegal dumping.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 02, 2019 11:42 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByManoj R Nair, Mumbai

Hutments, mangroves eat into 70% of Bhandup bird habitat: BNHS study

According to the report, of which HT has a copy, this has resulted in a 70% drop in the wetland area (mudflats) from 344ha in 1973 to 100.3 hectare in 2018.
Expanding mangrove cover and a sharp rise in encroachments has shrunk almost 70% of prime bird habitat near the Bhandup pumping station(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Expanding mangrove cover and a sharp rise in encroachments has shrunk almost 70% of prime bird habitat near the Bhandup pumping station(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Published on May 30, 2019 02:59 AM IST
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Mumbai | ByBadri Chatterjee

Only 26% wetland destruction plaints addressed in 3 months: Mumbai

Neenu Somraj, deputy conservator of forest, state mangrove cell and member secretary of the committee, said, “Some of the cases are repetitive and inquiry is underway.
Committee members on Thursday also raised the issue that the state was not demarcating coastal wetlands.(HT Photo)
Committee members on Thursday also raised the issue that the state was not demarcating coastal wetlands.(HT Photo)
Published on May 17, 2019 04:25 AM IST
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Hindustan times, Mumbai | ByBadri Chatterjee

Dugongs in polluted waters on west coast face murky future

During 2017-18, the BNHS looked at 11 sites spread across 100km, covering Paga, Ajad, Pirotan and Jindra islands, and found that water and noise pollution is destroying the habits of dugongs.
Industrial pollution in the Gulf of Kutch (GoK)is degrading the last remaining habitats of dugongs, or sea cows, says a study by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS).
Industrial pollution in the Gulf of Kutch (GoK)is degrading the last remaining habitats of dugongs, or sea cows, says a study by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS).
Published on Apr 28, 2019 02:48 AM IST
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Mumbai | ByBadri Chatterjee

2 bird habitats in Uran destroyed

Reclamation work has happened at wetlands at Jasai and Bhendkhal in Uran, Navi Mumbai, through excessive siltation and soil dumping, a seven-month bird ringing (tagging) study in MMR by Bombay Natural History Society revealed.
Two large bird habitats in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) — part of the Central Asian Flyway (CAF) — are no longer being visited by migratory birds after reclamation work, a new study revealed.(AFP)
Two large bird habitats in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) — part of the Central Asian Flyway (CAF) — are no longer being visited by migratory birds after reclamation work, a new study revealed.(AFP)
Updated on Apr 26, 2019 08:27 AM IST
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Mumbai | ByBadri Chatterjee

India’s captive-reared vulture release programme postponed

There has been a significant reduction in the vulture population over the years owing to widespread use of veterinary drug diclofenac, a pain relief medication injected into cattle. The drug is found to be extremely toxic to the birds that fed on those cattle’s carcasses.
The release of the birds has been delayed by at least seven to eight months owing to the delay in PTT’s arrival, said conservation group Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS)(HT File Photo)
The release of the birds has been delayed by at least seven to eight months owing to the delay in PTT’s arrival, said conservation group Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS)(HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 07, 2019 05:21 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByBadri Chatterjee

Endangered avian species find refuge at Pune’s endangered Dr Salim Ali bird sanctuary

Asian Waterbird Census reveals Painted stork and the Woolly necked stork, declared endangered globally, seen in sanctuary
Near Threatened Painted Stork seen at the sanctuary.(HT/PHOTO)
Near Threatened Painted Stork seen at the sanctuary.(HT/PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 29, 2019 04:52 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByHT Correspondent

Vulture count rises by 12 per cent in MP

Additional principal chief conservator of forest (wildlife) Alok Kumar said, “It is great news that the count has increased in most of the area, showing that vulture habitat is safe in Madhya Pradesh that accounts for the highest number of vultures in the country
Vulture at Panna national park HT photo...
Vulture at Panna national park HT photo...
Updated on Aug 21, 2019 02:19 PM IST
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