Destruction of its habitat and poaching are the key problems

Once widely spotted across 11 States, the Great Indian Bustard is currently listed under the category of Critically Endangered birds, in the 2013 ‘Threatened Bird’ list by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The oil spill on the Uran coast close to Mumbai is larger than what was estimated, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has said.

The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) has always been advocating human intervention based on scientific research combined with people's participation to ensure effective conservation of the rem

The Nashik forest department range has set up a Bustard Conservation Committee and has forwarded a proposal of the plan to the state government, based on the Centre's guidelines for preparation of

The birds are seen in fewer places than they were before 2005’.

New Delhi: Sparrows have become so rare in the capital that it seems not even Delhi’s environment department can identify it correctly.

The good news is that the fall of vultures in South Asia, particularly India, has stopped and is even reversing in the case of some species such as the white-backed vulture.

A research paper in journal Science , titled “Pollution, politics and vultures,” says the 2006 ban on manufacture, import and sale of painkiller diclofenac for veterinary use, a cause for vulture mortality, and the timely response of the governments in India have helped.

Twenty species of rare, endemic and migrant birds have been recorded in the Grizzled Giant Squirrel Sanctuary in Srivilliputhur during a recently concluded bird survey.

S. Chandrasekaran, Member of the Bombay Natural History Society, who was part of the survey, said the rare endemic species included Sri Lankan Frogmouth, Mountain and Rufous-bellied Hawk Eagles, Great Indian and Malabar Pied Hornbills, Mountain and green imperial pigeons. These species were found only in the high altitudes of Western Ghats.

The 16th Birding Fair, starting at the scenic Man Sagar lake here this Friday, will be devoted to conservation of urban lakes which are getting extinct at an alarming rate because of lack of priority and inadequate administrative control in most of the cities. Ironically lakes are dying out at a time when the crisis for water is increasing.

The two-day fair, organised by the Tourism and Wildlife Society of India, will be led by Rani Vidya Devi of Jaipur's erstwhile royal family. Columnist Sohail Hashmi will address a session to demonstrate how citizens can be involved in the drive to save lakes.

JAIPUR: The hunting of Houbara bustards through falconry in Pakistani areas close to the Indian border is a violation of international bird conservation legislation. Though Houbara is not endangered but it is considered vulnerable according to International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN. These birds are hunted by members of Arab royal families with permission from the government of Pakistan.

A Jaipur-based environmental group, Tourism and Wildlife Society of India (TWSI), has now sought the intervention of Union external affairs ministry to put pressure on Pakistan to ban hunting of rare Houbara bustards, which has drastically reduced India's share of its annual winter migrants and affected the desert eco-system.

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