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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Ranjit Lal

Lal is an author, environmentalist and bird watcher.

Sibling rivalry in animal kingdom
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

Unlike human greed, it's usually the lack of food that makes sibling rivalries among avians and mammals to frequently take a deadly turn, leading to siblicide

Why the light hummingbird needs to drink its weight in nectar
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

How various species of birds evolved different types of wings and flying techniques

Why snails have a complicated courtship
Sat, Jul 18, 2020

The mating behaviour of snails is all about slow-burn romance

Why we should listen to the many sounds of nature
Sat, Jul 11, 2020

All too soon, the noises of human development will drown out the birdsong

Why the animal kingdom is no different – when dating and mating
Sat, Jul 04, 2020

While some might take their girls up to their palatial penthouse apartments others with biceps, like bull elephants in musth, bash up anyone who goes near their chosen one.

Why, after 40 years, I still miss the sea
Sun, Jun 28, 2020

A beach gives you a sense of freedom unlike any other landscape and in these corona-riddled times, especially, it seems like an ideal place to escape to.

How to have a healthy relationship with spiders
Sun, Jun 21, 2020

There’s no need to scream every time you see one of these remarkable creatures

Why munias are real charmers
Sun, Jun 14, 2020

Let their expressive eyes and affectionate nature tell you.

Locusts aside, have you met infiltrator wasp? 
Sun, Jun 07, 2020

Wasps can be unreasonably belligerent, besides having nasty baby-rearing techniques.  

The lockdown may ruin our protected areas and forests
Sun, May 31, 2020

With COVID-19 lurking around, its pretty much open season for miners, dam builders and other industries.

Can we catch up with Mother Nature?
Sun, May 24, 2020

Historian Peter Frankopan on how plagues reset social relations and why this pandemic reveals a dangerous lack of global cooperation.

The small but Kaleidoscopic world of insects
Sat, May 16, 2020

Peer into a water drop and see the whole world suspended inside it. Or, spiders’ webs strung like strings of pearls on the foliage on dewy mornings.

Return to Innocence: Why humans still respond to the tug of nature
Sun, May 10, 2020

We are still creatures of nature, no matter how much we fiddle with our genes and try and insert robots into our systems.

Why the dove speaks softly?
Sat, Apr 18, 2020

On the birds we see and hear and those that we don’t in these quiet, lockdown days.

What to read to counter viral pseudo-scientific information?
Sat, Apr 04, 2020

Books by Richard Dawkins, Jay Griffiths and Tara Westover can help enlighten us about the natural world.

How to introduce children to birdwatching
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Always do it with experts, but prepare for some confusion and questions you can’t answer

Did we bring COVID-19 on us?
Sun, Mar 22, 2020

As coronovirus rampages through the world, an animal kingdom representative says the epidemic is ‘poetic justice’ and presents a charter of demands for a likely truce — ‘leave us and our habitats alone, stop pumping noxious gases into the air’ etc — and issues a warning: ‘Destroy us and destroy yourself’.

The many joys that songbirds bring
Fri, Mar 13, 2020

Birders and nature-lovers will wake up at unearthly hours to listen to the famous morning “chorus” of birds.

Why we must not look down on creatures that clear the mess around us
Fri, Mar 06, 2020

The cleaning squad of animals, whose lives' work is to clean up, is dedicated to the idea of recycling.

Down in Jungleland: A look into Monarch butterflies’s survival tactics
Fri, Feb 28, 2020

The annual migration of the Monarch butterfly in the US is one of Mother Nature’s technological triumphs. And their fight against predators, parasites and habitat degradation a triumph of their will.

Part II: The Art of Living
Thu, Feb 20, 2020

There is much to learn from our feathered friends and neighbours.

Down in Jungleland: Life lessons that birdwatching can help you imbibe
Thu, Feb 13, 2020

Part I of a series on what birds can teach us, Schooled by Avians.

A gentleman among birds
Fri, Feb 07, 2020

The black redstart stands out in the rude rabble of Delhi.

What do animals’ tails say about them?
Sun, Feb 02, 2020

Most animals, like monkeys, dogs, cats, cheetahs and hippos put their tails to good use, and even have fun with them.

The Vegans Are Coming
Sun, Jan 19, 2020

Or, what scares plants the most.