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Fresh threat to Indian vultures from cattle medicine


August 24th, 2012 - 1:25 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Aug 24 (IANS) The critically endangered Indian vulture, nature's scavenger, faces another potential danger from the mass-produced veterinary painkiller aceclofenac administered to cattle, a new research paper says.The ... Read more...

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Mumbai NGO picked for Fulbright alumni programme (Lead)


July 3rd, 2012 - 8:28 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, July 3 (IANS) A project by a top environmental NGO is among the two from India selected by the US-based Fulbright Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (FAEIF) through a global ... Read more...

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Mumbai NGO to train other NGOs under Fulbright alumni programme


July 3rd, 2012 - 7:41 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, July 3 (IANS) A project by a top environmental NGO is among the two from India selected by the US-based Fulbright Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (FAEIF) through a global ... Read more...

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Centre coming up to protect vultures


May 17th, 2012 - 4:29 pm ICT by IANS
Lucknow, May 17 (IANS) Wildlife experts and foresters are working with the Uttar Pradesh government to set up a conservation centre for vultures, whose population has drastically fallen in India.The ... Read more...

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Comic book to tell story of India’s Birdman Salim Ali


April 24th, 2012 - 8:06 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, April 24 (IANS) The life and times of India's legendary Birdman, the late Salim Ali, have been immortalised in a comic book to be released here Thursday.Amar Chitra Katha ... Read more...

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Silver Pheasant’s sex change stuns zoo


April 5th, 2012 - 4:03 pm ICT by IANS
Lucknow, April 5 (IANS) In a rare and a first-of-its-kind phenomenon, a Silver Pheasant, a bird belonging to the peacock family, has changed its sex from female to a male.Confirming ... Read more...

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Himachal to count its feathered guests this month


January 29th, 2012 - 11:23 am ICT by IANS
Shimla, Jan 29 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh is going to hold a unique event - a race to spot and count feathered guests at the Pong dam wetlands in the Kangra ... Read more...

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Ex-corporate honcho Homi Khusrokhan to head BNHS


January 9th, 2012 - 9:58 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Jan 9 (IANS) Former corporate executive Homi Khusrokhan, who is also a keen environmentalist, will be the new president of the prestigious Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), a BNHS ... Read more...

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Tagged birds return to Pong wetlands from China


December 27th, 2011 - 1:01 pm ICT by IANS
Pong Dam (Himachal Pradesh), Dec 27 (IANS) It was an experiment that worked. Four migratory birds in the Kangra Valley's Pong wetland, which were tagged with global positioning system (GPS) ... Read more...

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IUCN to inspect Himachal national park next year


December 17th, 2011 - 8:10 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, Dec 17 (IANS) A team of international wildlife experts will visit Himachal Pradesh next year to evaluate the flora and fauna of the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) in ... Read more...

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Migratory birds declining, government monitoring habitat


November 30th, 2011 - 3:50 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS) The population of endangered migratory bird species is either decreasing or stable, but the central government is working to protect them during their sojourn, says ... Read more...

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Mobile towers impacting biological systems of birds: Study


October 12th, 2011 - 4:45 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 12 (IANS) Electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from mobile towers was interfering with the biological systems of birds, a study released by the environment ministry said Wednesday and called ... Read more...

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Green court questions government on Jaitapur n-plant


September 29th, 2011 - 11:59 pm ICT by IANS
Ratnagiri (Maharashtra), Sep 29 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal Thursday sought a response from three government agencies on an NGO's plea challenging the environmental clearance given to the proposed Jaitapur ... Read more...

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Reduce size of banned drug vials to save vultures, say campaigners


September 12th, 2011 - 10:53 am ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Sep 12 (IANS) Reduce the size of the vials of diclofenac, a drug for treating animals but banned in India after it was found to be the killer of ... Read more...

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Conservationist J.C. Daniel dead


August 24th, 2011 - 8:13 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Aug 24 (IANS) Renowned conservationist working in the field of elephants and big cats protection and vice-president of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) J.C. Daniel passed away here after ... Read more...

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41 bird species found in Himachal wetlands


June 12th, 2011 - 5:05 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, June 12 (IANS) Forty-one waterbird species have been found breeding in the Pong Dam wetlands of Himachal Pradesh's Kangra Valley, wildlife officials said here Sunday."Over 8,000 breeding waterbirds, both ... Read more...

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Diclofenac ban to slow down vulture decline: Study


May 12th, 2011 - 5:49 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, May 12 (IANS) The ban on veterinary drug diclofenac, which was administered to cattle in India, is expected to slow down the decline in the number of vultures ... Read more...

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India, Bhutan, China join hands to save ‘black-necked cranes’


April 23rd, 2011 - 7:15 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Apr 22(ANI): Union Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh has said that the conservation of 'black-necked cranes' will not only save the endangered species, but also boost regional cooperation and ... Read more...

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Mumbai to host flamingo festival


April 12th, 2011 - 10:09 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, April 12 (IANS) In order to create awareness about winged visitors and the danger posed to wetlands by encroachments and dumping of debris, the Bombay Natural History Society ... Read more...

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Signals from a ruddy shelduck in Pong wetlands


March 23rd, 2011 - 9:47 am ICT by IANS
Shimla, March 23 (IANS) It's a very special ruddy shelduck. In the Pong wetlands, it is chirping, flapping its wings and sending out crucial information on its whereabouts to scientists ... Read more...

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India planning to have vulture safe zones


March 22nd, 2011 - 7:20 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) Concerned over the dwindling population of vultures in the country, India is planning to have 'vulture safe zones' where the use of the drug diclofenac, ... Read more...

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Bird watchers to revive house sparrow chirping in Shimla (March 20 is World Sparrow Day)


March 20th, 2011 - 6:28 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, March 20 (IANS) A forum comprising bird watchers is working to save house sparrows and other small birds from extinction in this Himachal Pradesh capital."On World Sparrow Day (Sunday), ... Read more...

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After tigers, tuskers, it’s time to save vultures: Ramesh


February 17th, 2011 - 10:45 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) After nationwide campaigns to save tigers and elephants in the country, the emphasis now needs to be on the conservation of endangered vultures, Environment and Forest minister ... Read more...

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India should conserve its wetlands, says BNHS director


February 2nd, 2011 - 3:02 pm ICT by IANS
By Vishal Gulati Mumbai, Feb 2 (IANS) There is urgent need to conserve India's wetlands, home to rare bird and mammal species, which are shrinking gradually due to the dumping of debris, siltation ... Read more...

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Know the bird and count it too - at Pong wetlands


January 25th, 2011 - 12:36 pm ICT by IANS
By Vishal Gulati Shimla, Jan 25 (IANS) Can you tell a bar-headed goose from a spotbilled duck? Himachal Pradesh will soon launch a unique drive to promote bird watching and count the exact ... Read more...

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Now GPS to monitor winged visitors to Himachal


January 22nd, 2011 - 12:21 pm ICT by IANS
By Vishal Gulati Shimla, Jan 22 (IANS) The bar-headed goose, the ruddy shell duck and the mallard, all winter visitors to Himachal Pradesh's Pong Dam wetlands, are about to find themselves tailed - ... Read more...

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Himachal gets new feathery guest


January 17th, 2011 - 11:53 am ICT by IANS
By Vishal Gulati Kangra (Himachal Pradesh), Jan 17 (IANS) The Pong Dam wetlands in the Kangra Valley have got a migratory guest - the pied avocet - a wading bird species that forest ... Read more...

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Winged visitors keep date with Pong wetlands


November 17th, 2010 - 12:01 pm ICT by IANS
By Vishal Gulati Kangra (Himachal Pradesh), Nov 17 (IANS) A cackle of sounds, the flapping of thousands of wings...the Pong wetlands are a sight to behold these days as feathered guests from as ... Read more...

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India to study impact of mobile towers on birds, bees


September 1st, 2010 - 3:11 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 1 (IANS) India will study the harmful impact of mobile phone towers on birds and bees, with the environment ministry constituting a committee that is also tasked with formulating ... Read more...

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Rise in number of threatened bird species in the country: Govt.


August 25th, 2010 - 7:54 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Aug. 25 (ANI): The Government on Wednesay said that an increasing trend in the number of threatened bird species has been observed in the country.Minister of State for Environment ... Read more...

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Centre’s flip-flop on Noida memorial angers apex court


August 20th, 2010 - 11:09 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The central government came under fire in the Supreme Court Friday for yet another flip-flop on the status of the controversial Noida Park - a dream project ... Read more...

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Mayawati’s Noida Park hits green roadblock in court


July 30th, 2010 - 9:35 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) The government Friday told the Supreme Court that it could not grant environmental clearance to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's Noida Park project unless the state government ... Read more...

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India seeks South Africa’s help for importing cheetahs


April 14th, 2010 - 7:23 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) More than 60 years after they were wiped out from the country, India is now seeking help from South Africa for importing cheetahs to re-introduce them in ... Read more...

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Endangered vultures may find breeding centre in Patna


April 9th, 2010 - 9:17 am ICT by IANS
Patna, April 9 (IANS) Endangered vultures may soon find a new nesting place with plans to start a breeding centre for the birds at a biological park here known for its success ... Read more...

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Eminent Mumbaikars demand a check on parochial goons


March 24th, 2010 - 8:57 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, March 24 (IANS) A group of eminent Mumbaikars Wednesday urged Chief Minister Ashok Chavan to stop tolerating 'goondagiri' in the name of parochialism and enforce the rule of law with utmost ... Read more...

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