- Popular Article2012பூஞ்சைக்கு வந்த மவுசே! (On Fungi)புதிய தலைமுறை. 25அக்டோபர் 2012. Puthiya Thalaimurai. 25th October 2012.
- Popular Article2012காடென்ன செய்தது நமக்கு? (On what can we do for Wildlife conservation?)புதிய தலைமுறை. 1 நவம்பர் 2012. Puthiya Thalaimurai. 1st November 2012.
- Popular Article2012அதிரப்பள்ளியும்அமிதாபச்சனும். (On Athirapalli Waterfalls,Dr. Amitha bachan’swork on Great Hornbills)புதிய தலைமுறை. 13 செப்டம்பர் 2012. Puthiya Thalaimurai. 13th September 2012.
அதிரப்பள்ளியும்அமிதாபச்சனும். காக்கைக்குருவிஎங்கள்ஜாதிதொடர்-10. புதியதலைமுறை. 13 செப்டம்பர் 2012.[Jeganathan, P. (2012).Athirapalliyum Amitha bachanum. Kakkai Kuruvi Engal Jathi-Series, ArticleNo.10Puthiya Thalaimurai. 13th September 2012. (On Athirapalli Waterfalls,Dr. Amitha bachan’swork on Great Hornbills)]
- Popular Article2012காட்டுக்குள்ளே ஷூட்டிங். (On impact of cinema shooting in wild habitats)புதிய தலைமுறை. 11அக்டோபர் 2012. Puthiya Thalaimurai. 11th October 2012.
- Popular Article2012Go batty with this quizThe Hindu in School, 13 June
- Popular Article2012Why we need to protect bat speciesThe Hindu in School, 6 June
- Popular Article2012Flight of the GooseThe Hindu in School, 7 November
- Popular Article2012The pigeon's passengersThe Hindu in School, 9 May
- Popular Article2012A tree hole for a homeThe Hindu in School, 4 November
- Popular Article2012Expedition North AndamanThe Hindu in School, 12 September
- Popular Article2012No mermaid fairytaleDown to Earth, August issue
- Journal Article2012Conservation needs of the Coconut Crab (Birgus latro) on the Nicobar Islands, IndiaOryx, 46: 175-178.Download
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We describe the distribution of the coconut crab Birgus latro, categorized as Data Deficient on the IUCN Red List, local perspectives towards the species, and its conservation needs on the Nicobar Islands in the eastern Indian Ocean. The species is threatened with extinction across most of its range and in India it is found only on a few islands in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelagoes. We carried out informal discussions with Nicobari commu- nities to examine issues regarding conservation of the species and conducted timed searches in areas where coconut crabs were likely to be found. The discussions revealed that there are social taboos against hunting the coconut crab on most of the Nicobar Islands. However, on some islands these taboos are not being followed and community members may hunt the crab for consumption. Athough the coconut crab is legally protected under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act none of the villagers were aware of this. Of the six islands surveyed we recorded the presence of 17 and 14 crabs on two islands, respectively. On four islands villagers reported the presence of the crab prior to the tsunami of 2004, and on two of these islands the species may now be locally extinct. A small population size and a fragmented distribution in areas of coconut planta- tions suggest that the species is threatened. We recommend monitoring and detailed research on the ecology and genetics of the coconut crab, along with community-based conservation initiatives to conserve the species and its habitat.
- Journal Article2012Methodological, temporal and spatial factors affecting modelled occupancy of resident birds in the perennially cultivated landscape of Uttar Pradesh, IndiaLandscape Ecology 27: 59-71. doi:10.1007/s10980-011-9666-3.
Biodiversity persistence in non-woody tropical farmlands is poorly explored, and multispecies assessments with robust landscape-scale designs are sparse. Modeled species occupancy in agricultural mosaics is affected by multiple factors including survey methods (convenience-based versus systematic), landscape-scale agriculture-related variables, and extent of remnant habitat. Changes in seasonal crops can additionally alter landscape and habitat conditions thereby influencing species occupancy. We investigated how these factors affect modeled occupancy of 56 resident bird species using a landscape-scale multi-season occupancy framework across 24 intensively cultivated and human-dominated districts in Uttar Pradesh state, north India. Convenience-based roadside observations provided considerable differences in occupancy estimates and associations with remnant habitat and intensity of cultivation relative to systematic transect counts, and appeared to bias results to roadside conditions. Modeled occupancy of only open-area species improved with increasing intensity of cultivation, while remnant habitat improved modeled occupancy of scrubland, wetland and woodland species. Strong seasonal differences in occupancy were apparent for most species across all habitat guilds. Further habitat loss will be most detrimental to resident scrubland, wetland and woodland species. Uttar Pradesh’s agricultural landscape has a high conservation value, but will require a landscape-level approach to maintain the observed high species richness. Obtaining ecological information from unexplored landscapes using robust landscape-scale surveys offers substantial advantages to understand factors affecting species occupancy, and is necessary for efficient conservation planning.
- Popular Article2012The talking treeThe Hindu in School, 5 December
- Popular Article2012The incredible adventures of a seedThe Hindu in School, 28 November
- Popular Article2012The singing farmers of the forestThe Hindu in School, 21 November
- Popular Article2012Winter visitors from far awayThe Hindu in School, 16 October
- Popular Article2012Friendly fungiThe Hindu in School, 8 August
- Journal Article2012Distance-related thresholds and influence of the 2004 tsunami on damage and recovery patterns of coral reefs in the Nicobar IslandsCurrent Science 102:1199–1205
The earthquake and tsunami of 2004 resulted in the devastation of marine and coastal ecosystems across the Indian Ocean. However, without adequate baseline information it has been difficult to properly gauge its full impact. The reefs of the Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal lie on a path that ranges from 190 to 500 km from Banda Aceh, the epicentre of the 2004 tsunami. In 2008, we recorded benthic damage as a result of the tsunami to reefs off 14 Nicobar Islands across a gradient of distance from the epicentre. A clear pattern was observed in the demographic structure of the most abundant coral genera, Acropora and Porites across the distance gradient. Significantly, for the largest coral individuals of both genera (> 50 cm diameter), there were distinct threshold effects – their abundance declining dramatically in reefs closer than 350 km from the epicentre. Corals between 20 and 50 cm diameter also increased with distance from the epicentre, but in a more linear fashion. Smaller size classes either showed no apparent trend (Acropora) or decreased linearly (Porites) with distance. These gen- era represent very different life-history strategies: Acropora is fast-growing and highly susceptible to a range of disturbances, while Porites typically grows slowly but is resistant to disturbance. The fact that both genera showed similar thresholds indicates that, close to the epicentre, the impact of the earthquake and tsunami was large enough to override any species- specific resistance. Also, algal cover was also much higher than at locations further north, linked to higher coral mortality at these locations. However, the fact that smaller size class coral individuals were rela- tively abundant and even increased close to the ep centre indicates possible paths of reef recovery after the catastrophe.
- Report2012Protecting a hornbill haven: a community-run conservation initiative around Pakke Tiger ReserveHNAP Report for 2012Download
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2012 Report for Hornbill Nest Adoption Program