- Report2010A Species Recovery Plan for Jerdon's Courser Rhinoptilus bitorquatusAndhra Pradesh Forest DepartmentDownload
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Anon. (2010) A Species Recovery Plan for Jerdon’s Courser Rhinoptilus bitorquatus, Andhra Pradesh Forest Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad.
- Journal Article2010From Bathymetry to Bioshields: A review of post-tsunami ecological research in India and its implications for policyEnvironmental Management 46:329-338
More than half a decade has passed since the December 26th 2004 tsunami hit the Indian coast leaving a trail of ecological, economic and human destruction in its wake. We reviewed the coastal ecological research carried out in India in the light of the tsunami. In addition, we also briefly reviewed the ecological research in other tsunami affected countries in Asia namely Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand and Maldives in order to provide a broader perspective of ecological research after tsunami. A basic search in ISI Web of Knowledge using keywords ‘‘tsunami’’ and ‘‘India’’ resulted in 127 peer reviewed journal articles, of which 39 articles were pertaining to ecological sciences. In comparison, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand and Mal- dives had, respectively, eight, four, 21 and two articles pertaining to ecology. In India, bioshields received the major share of scientific interest (14 out of 39) while only one study (each) was dedicated to corals, seagrasses, sea- weeds and meiofauna, pointing to the paucity of research attention dedicated to these critical ecosystems. We noted that very few interdisciplinary studies looked at linkages between pure/applied sciences and the social sciences in India. In addition, there appears to be little correlation between the limited research that was done and its influence on policy in India. This review points to gap areas in eco- logical research in India and highlights the lessons learnt from research in other tsunami-affected countries. It also provides guidance on the links between science and policy that are required for effective coastal zone management.
- Book Chapter2010Snow leopards: conflict and conservation.Biology and Conservation of Wild Felids, pp. 417-430.
- Book Chapter2010Multiple Use of Trans-Himalayan Rangelands: Reconciling Human Livelihoods withWildlife Conservation.Wild Rangelands: Conserving Wildlife While Maintaining Livestock in Semi-Arid Ecosystem (eds J. T. Toit, R. Kock & J. C. Deutsch), pp. 291-311. Blackwell Publishing.
- Journal Article2010Proposed methods to capture and radio-tag the critically endangered Jerdon's Couser in Andhra Pradesh, India.Telemetry in Wildlife Science, ENVIS Bulletin. WII -Dehradun.Download
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Jeganathan, P., Green, R.E., Rahmani, A.R (2010) Proposed methods to capture and radio-tag the critically endangered Jerdon's Couser in Andhra Pradesh, India (in). Sivakumar, K. and Habib,B. (Eds.) 2010. Telemetry in Wildlife Science, ENVIS Bulletin: Widlife & Protected Areas. Vol. 13 No. 1. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun - 248001. India. Pp. 205-210.
- Popular Article2010சிறுத்தையும்நாமும்–யாருக்குயார்எதிரி? (Leopard and Us – who is enemy towhom?)பூவுலகு. பக்கங்கள் 34-37. Poovulagu. September. Pp 34-37.
- Journal Article2010Bird use of rice fields in the Indian subcontinentWaterbirds 33 (Special Publication 1): 44-70.
The Indian subcontinent has the world’s highest cropland cover per unit area with rice (Oryza sativa) being the second-most important crop, and is home to nearly 1,300 species of birds. The significance of rice fields as bird habitat in the region is not well understood and the subject is reviewed using a combination of published and secondary information. Rice fields in the subcontinent are used by at least 351 species, although only 2.7% of birds occurring in the subcontinent breed in rice fields. The spread of rice cultivation and its attendant secondary habitats may have contributed to the increase in range and population of 64 common species but is threatening hundreds of other species, many of conservation concern. Most work in the region has focused on birds as pests of rice. Few studies have been conducted on the habits of birds that use rice fields and fewer still have compared how rice fields and similar natural habitats differ. Although rice harvesting has caused nest mortality for breeding birds, there is no comparable information from natural habitats. The guild structure of birds in rice fields is similar to that overall in the region except for a higher representation of carnivores. Rice fields are used primarily by grassland and wetland species. There are large information gaps that require filling to be able to ascertain the utility or impact of rice fields to bird populations and, thus, many research opportunities.
- Popular Article2010Desperate neighbours: wildlife and the rural poorThe Hindu Survey of the Environment 2010, pp. 113-118Download
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A conservation plan that is not blind to people's needs can be rewarding, as the story of two villages on the fringe of Bandipur Forest Reserve shows. Pavithra Sankaran and MD Madhusudan explain how a novel plan got it right.
- Journal Article2010Effects of plantations and home-gardens on tropical forest bird communities and mixed-species bird flocks in the southern Western Ghats.Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 107: 91-108.Download
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Conservation scientists and policy makers are increasingly aware of the role countryside habitats play in supporting tropical fauna in modern landscapes. We studied the value of different land-uses by examining composition of tropical bird communities and mixed-species bird flocks in human-altered landscapes of Thattekad and the Anamalai Hills, situated in two different altitudes, in the southern Western Ghats. Sixteen line transects distributed across tropical rainforests, shade plantations of coffee and cardamom, timber monocultures of teak, tea plantations, and home-gardens were surveyed for bird flocks, vegetation structure, foliage profile, and canopy attributes. Results indicate that tea plantations were extremely altered habitats, supporting few rainforest species and were devoid of mixed-species bird flocks. Teak monocultures had high species density but were less conducive for rainforest species that require a well developed and structurally more complex habitat. While bird species richness varied little across land-uses, there was significant variation in community composition, with some sensitive bird species absent from all altered habitats. Coffee plantations with surviving rainforest fragments and cardamom plantations with more native shade trees that mimicked a forest habitat supported more rainforest bird species both in communities and flocks. Maintenance of these shade plantations and restoration of forest fragments is recommended, while their conversion into a poor, more open habitat (tea, teak) is strongly discouraged for bird conservation in fragmented landscapes.
- Journal Article2010Behavior of Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) in a land-use mosaic: implications for human-elephant coexistence in the Anamalai hills, IndiaWildlife Biology in Practice 6: 69-80.Download
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Understanding behavior of elephants in human-dominated landscapes can facilitate creation of management tools for conflict resolution and help foster human-elephant coexistence. We studied behavior of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in the Valparai plateau, a 220 km² landscape matrix of rainforest fragments, tea, coffee, and Eucalyptus plantations in the Anamalai Hills of the Western Ghats of India. We studied the nearest neighbor distance among elephants within the herd and their feeding behavior in habitat mosaics. We also recorded reactions of elephants to human proximity and number of people in the vicinity. We employed scan sampling for data collection. Feeding by elephants was lowest in open canopy habitat of tea, and it gradually increased in canopy covered plantations of coffee and Eucalyptus and in densely covered natural vegetation. Vigilance behavior of elephants was lowest in forest fragments and riverine vegetation as they could avoid encountering humans. This behavior peaked in tea plantations due to intense human activity there. Elephants maintained closer inter-individual distances in tea and this distance gradually increased in canopy habitats of coffee, Eucalyptus and natural vegetation. More humans in the vicinity and closer proximity to elephants reduced feeding and increased agitation in elephants, while proximity to settlements did not have any influence. We, therefore, suggest that protection and non-conversion of canopy habitats, restoration of rivers with native species, and maintaining distance from elephants would foster normal activities of elephants and help promote human-elephant coexistence in such landscapes.
- Book Chapter2010Status of Dugong dugon (Muller) in Andaman and Nicobar islands based on past records and traditional hunting by indigenous tribesin: Ramakrishna R, C. and Sivaperuman, C. (ed) Recent Trends in Biodiversity of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Zoological Survey of India, Kolkatta, 443-448.
- Newsletter2010Sarusscape: A rich tapestryThe ICF Bugle 35(1): 1-2
- Journal Article2010Asian elephant Elephas maximus habitat use and ranging in fragmented rainforest and plantations in the Anamalai hills, IndiaTropical Conservation Science 3: 143–158
- Popular Article2010Coffee, conservation, and Rainforest Alliance certification: opportunities for Indian coffeePlanters' Chronicle 106(12): 15 – 26
- Popular Article2010My burrow the center of my lifeHornbill, January-March, 26-29.
- Popular Article2010The Mukurthy-Mudumalai Large Mammal CorridorSanctuary Asia, Oct 2010 : 72-73
- Popular Article2010Lure of the wildFrontline 27(5): 64-73
- Journal Article2009Effects of herbivore species richness on the niche dynamics and distribution of blue sheep in the Trans-Himalaya.Diversity and Distributions, 15, 940–947.
- Dataset2009Western Ghats Hornbill SurveyIndia Biodiversity Portal, Western Ghats bird transect layer http://indiabiodiversity.org/layer_info.php?layer_name=lyr_235_wg_birdtransects
Data from Western Ghats Hornbills and endemic bird survey contributed to India Biodiversity Portal
Available here: http://indiabiodiversity.org/layer_info.php?layer_name=lyr_235_wg_birdtransects
- Journal Article2009Are rice paddies suboptimal breeding habitat for Sarus Cranes in Uttar Pradesh, India?The Condor 111: 611-623
The globally threatened Sarus Crane (Grus antigone) has low annual productivity and occurs mostly in landscapes dominated by agriculture; it is therefore vulnerable to extinction caused by human-related disturbance and mortality. The Sarus Crane’s increased use of rice paddies as breeding habitat has fueled concerns that the species is being forced to use suboptimal habitats. To assess the issue, I studied nest-site selection and quantified nest and brood survival of Sarus Cranes in Uttar Pradesh, northern India, during 2000 and 2001 and evaluated differences between natural wetlands and rice paddies. The cranes preferred wetlands as nesting habitat at the levels of both the landscape and individual territory. The success (daily survival rate) of nests closer to roads was lower, suggesting that human-related mortality played a role. The effect of habitat on nest successwas equivocal, suggesting that rice fields per se are not suboptimal as nesting sites. This result is unique to this area, suggesting that favorable attitudes of farmers still allow Sarus Cranes to nest in rice paddies. Broods hatching later and those in territories with fewer wetlands had a lower probability of survival. Vegetation changes and disturbance during crop harvesting likely decreased brood survival. Maintaining a patchwork of shallow wetlands in rice-dominated landscapes and ensuring that farmers retain a positive attitude toward the species are crucial for survival of Sarus Crane nests and broods.