Archive for July, 2012

Trees of Morni: Kakkarsingi

July 24, 20120 Comments

Kakkarsingi/ Kakra/Kakkar/Pistacia ‘Red Push’ (Pistacia integerrima)  

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Trees of Morni: Dhobin

July 24, 20120 Comments

Dhobin (Dalbergia paniculata)

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Trees of Morni: Buddha’s Coconut

July 24, 20120 Comments

Buddha’s Coconut/ Buddha’s Narikel (Pterygota alata)

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Trees of Morni: Phulai

July 23, 20120 Comments

Phulai/ Amritsar Gum/ Black Sally (Acacia modesta)

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Morni Wildlife: Yellow-throated Marten

July 22, 20120 Comments

Yellow-throated Marten (Martes flavigula) a brightly coloured marten of Asia with a powerful build. It is the largest marten of the Old World (weighing about 5 kg) and is about 5′ long with the long shiny black tail constituting 2/3 of the overall body length.  Its fur is a mix of golden-yellow-brown, black and white. The […]

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Morni Wildlife (Insects): Red and Black Skimmer Dragonfly

July 22, 20120 Comments

Red and Black Skimmer Dragonfly  

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Birds of Morni: Red-rumped Swallow

July 22, 20121 Comment

Red-rumped Swallow/ Masjid-ababil is the size of a sparrow and is a glossy deep blue with a white chest and lower parts streaked with brown. A chestnut band runs from the face to the hindneck. The tail is long and forked that becomes visible in flight as does the red-brown rump. The flight is swift […]

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The Lost Art of Reading Pugmarks

July 18, 20125 Comments

A ‘Pugmark’ literally means the mark left by the ‘pug’ (Hindi for ‘foot’) of the wild animal. The trackers ‘read’ the pugmark to gather information about the species, sex, age and size of the animal as also the direction and speed of movement. In the days of the British Raj, the tribal trackers (particularly the […]

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Morni Wildlife Census- The Methodology

July 14, 20120 Comments

Every year the Haryana Forest Department conducts a census of wild animals in the State in technical collaboration with the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.While conducting the census in natural forests like Morni the area is divided into beats, 10-15 Sq. Km in size and some beats are selected as a representative sample for the […]

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A Short Trip to Aasrewali

July 3, 20120 Comments

It was April when I learnt about the plans of the wildlife department of Haryana to conduct a census of the wildlife in the Morni Hills. The census is generally conducted during the dry season as most of the water sources dry up in the higher hills and the animals are forced to emerge from […]

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