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An Indian Pond heron hunting for grubs at the 9th hole fairway of the Panchkula Golf Club.(PHOTO: VIKRAM JIT SINGH)

Wildbuzz: An uncommon smartness

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vikram Jit Singh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 21, 2020 11:09 PM IST
Understanding why herons are very smart birds that adapt beautifully to the environment changing around them
Resident birds enjoying the artificial isle at Sukhna lake.(Keshav Singh/HT Photo)
Resident birds enjoying the artificial isle at Sukhna lake.(Keshav Singh/HT Photo)

Wildbuzz: An isle of hope at Sukhna

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vikram Jit Singh
PUBLISHED ON OCT 17, 2020 10:39 PM IST
A small island that has appeared in the Sukhna lake is keeping birds happy even as butterflies are being choosy about the plants they flutter around
The waterbird census is coordinated by Wetlands International South Asia and is carried out in January every year in Asia and Australasia across 27countries with the participation of thousands of volunteers to record the status of important wetlands habitat and water birds diversity with population estimates.(HT PHOTO.)
The waterbird census is coordinated by Wetlands International South Asia and is carried out in January every year in Asia and Australasia across 27countries with the participation of thousands of volunteers to record the status of important wetlands habitat and water birds diversity with population estimates.(HT PHOTO.)

Despite bad ecology, Sambhar got more birds this year than before

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Sachin Saini
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2020 06:57 AM IST
The wetland was in the news in November last year after more than 20,000 birds died due to botulism, a neuromuscular illness caused by bacteria, to the concern of environmentalists and ornithologists.
The sarus crane is the tallest flying bird in the world, and was declared the official state bird of Uttar Pradesh in 2014.(Burhaan Kinu/HT archive)
The sarus crane is the tallest flying bird in the world, and was declared the official state bird of Uttar Pradesh in 2014.(Burhaan Kinu/HT archive)

First govt Wild Bird Rescue Centre to come up at Delhi’s Rajokri, awaits go-ahead

New Delhi | By Joydeep Thakur
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2019 02:41 AM IST
Among cities, Delhi is considered to have the second highest bird population in the world — after Nairobi in Kenya, with more than 450 species.
There are nine criteria for being accepted as a Ramsar site, including that the site should support vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered species or threatened ecological communities.(HT Photo)
There are nine criteria for being accepted as a Ramsar site, including that the site should support vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered species or threatened ecological communities.(HT Photo)

India backs Dhanauri for international wetland tag

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2019 04:35 AM IST
On May 29, the environment ministry’s national river conservation directorate wrote to the principal secretary of the Uttar Pradesh forest department, asking them to propose Dhanauri for Ramsar site tag.
The Dhanauri Wetland at Gautam Budh Nagar, Greater Noida, December 8. If we specifically take the urban sector, they help in flood control, watershed to store excess rainwater, replenishing groundwater, supplying freshwater, playing host to a diverse assemblage of species, and providing cultural and aesthetic value.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
The Dhanauri Wetland at Gautam Budh Nagar, Greater Noida, December 8. If we specifically take the urban sector, they help in flood control, watershed to store excess rainwater, replenishing groundwater, supplying freshwater, playing host to a diverse assemblage of species, and providing cultural and aesthetic value.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Why the new report on wetlands must be treated as a red flag

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON OCT 02, 2018 01:16 PM IST
This undervaluation of wetlands must stop. It is important that the Global Wetland Outlook report is treated as a “red flag” by all governments since they contribute to 75 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators
European roller(VIKRAM BATRA)
European roller(VIKRAM BATRA)

Migratory birds arrive in Haryana from Europe, Central Asia before onset of winter

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Leena Dhankhar, Gurugram
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2018 10:43 AM IST
At locations such as Sultanpur National Park, Bhindawas Bird Sanctuary, Dighal, and Basai, birders have spotted European Roller, Rosy Starling, Western Crowned Warbler and White-eyed Buzzards.
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